GBR – coal shipping superhighway


Any day between now and December 13, Australia’s Environment Minister Greg Hunt will  decide whether 3.5 million cubic metres of seabed will be dug up and dumped in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

This decision would turn a World Heritage-listed Reef and Marine park into a coal shipping superhighway. It would make way for the largest coal port in the world.

And just when it seems so clear that averting the worst consequences of human-induced climate change really is a great moral issue as well as a environmental . Storing up expensive and destructive consequences for society in future is an “injustice of one generation to others” – quote from Jim Hansen, director of Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

“The situation we’re creating for young people and future generations is that we’re handing them a climate system which is potentially out of their control,” Hansen says. “We’re in an emergency: you can see what’s on the horizon over the next few decades with the effects it will have on ecosystems, sea level and species extinction.”

The latest climate models have shown the planet is on the brink of an emergency. Humanity faces repeated natural disasters from extreme weather events which will affect large areas of the planet. It is already visible in extreme weather events locally and overseas.

Creating the world’s newest coal mines and largest coal port beggars belief even assuming half the modelling is overstated, and invites us to radically re-imagine another future.

GetUp is planning a targeted campaign to show Minister Hunt how much the Reef matters to his voters, in his own electorate of Flinder. The very people he relies on to hold his seat will bombard his letterbox, his phone line and his social media.

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