Tightly kept secret Barrier reef inquiry UNESCO

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Tightly kept secret


Louise Matthiesson, WWF-Australia noreply@act.wwf.org.au via server8839.e-activist.com 

10:10 AM (2 hours ago)

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Under water coral, Great Barrier Reef  © Troy Mayne


We’ve got a big few weeks ahead.

This weekend, UNESCO will release its draft decision on whether our government has done enough to restore the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

We don’t know what it will say – the details are tightly kept secret until it’s publicly released.  But we’re hopeful it will set a strong framework for the government to restore the Reef’s health.

Here’s what we do know: if the Government doesn’t back it’s rhetoric about the Reef with actual action, nothing will change.

In Queensland alone, the government still needs to:
– ban dumping of dredge spoil in the Reef’s World Heritage waters,
– limit dredging,
– prohibit trans-shipping in the Marine Park,
– better protect the Greater Fitzroy Delta and
– enforce laws to reduce chemical pollution of the Reef.

And they haven’t done it yet.

Because our governments are being so slow to act – it’s now even more important than ever that the entire global community knows that the Reef needs better protection – so that people are tuned in to the World Heritage Draft decision when it’s released on Saturday morning.

You can help: Please click here and share the link to our Global petition on Facebook with your friends and family and ask them to sign.  We’re already at more than 300,000 signatures!

If you need some help with what to say, it’s as simple as this: precious animal populations are in decline, we’re losing the the characteristics that make the Barrier Reef “Great” and the ability of the Reef to recover from damage is being compromised.

We need to make a strong statement that real action must be taken to improve the health of the reef.

Please click here to share this message with the world.

Thanks for your support

Louise Matthiesson
Great Barrier Reef Campaigner

P.S. The link to the campaign for sharing is: wwf.org.au/reef

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