We will continue our climate change campaigning work including protection of the Great Barrier Reef. You may have heard in recent news that The Great Barrier Reef Foundation has been given a record-breaking grant from the Federal Government, even though this foundation has been under scrutiny for not taking a stand against climate change.
Environmental groups say cutting carbon emissions and stopping new coal mines would be more effective than this grant.
One third of the reef is already dead and yet, after Cyclone Debbie, Adani got a retrospective licence to increase the pollution they release into the ocean. They exceeded it by 800%, polluting the reef with toxic coal slurry from their Abbot Point Port into The Great Barrier Reef. Adani was aware that this water was highly polluted and likely to cause harm to the environment. Alarmingly, Adani also has obtained a water licence that allows the mining giant unlimited access to Australia’s precious groundwater for 60 years. This is highly concerning given the current drought situation in NSW and Queensland and our future water supply.
We urge the government to stop the Adani group from developing the Carmichael coal mine. This month’s newsletter includes a postcard that you and your community can take action on. If you would like more copies of the postcard please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.