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Fight for the Reef

MEDIA RELEASE: AMCS WELCOMES FOREIGN LEADERS’ VISIT TO CAIRNS – CALLS FOR REEF PROTECTION

May 15, 2017A

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) welcomes foreign leaders’ visit to Cairns, calling on Australia and the international community to take strong action to protect our Reef from global warming.

David Cazzulino, AMCS Great Barrier Reef Community Campaigner in Cairns said:

“It’s great that Foreign Minister Bishop is in Cairns taking ambassadors from around the world to see the Great Barrier Reef. Right now, our Reef is suffering through back-to-back mass coral bleaching events. This is unprecedented. This year reefs in the central section of the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas to Townsville have been worst affected.”

“The mining and burning of coal is a major threat to our Reef. It warms the oceans, causing coral bleaching. Our Great Barrier Reef is under threat from pollution-fuelled global warming and our Government is making the problem worse by supporting Adani’s massive coal mine.

“The Federal Government wants to give a $1 billion taxpayer funded loan to Adani, a billionaire foreign mining company. Adani’s Carmichael coal mine will be one of the largest coal mines in the world. Adani’s mine will generate an estimated 4.7 billion tonnes of carbon pollution.”

“The Government is giving special treatment to foreign billionaire Adani to ship megatonnes of low-quality coal through our Reef to be burned in Asia, a region of the world suffering from severe air pollution. Adani cannot be trusted with our Reef.”

“If Ms Bishop is serious about supporting Cairns and our precious Reef, her government cannot give $1 billion to a foreign billionaire, especially when domestic and international banks refuse to invest in the project.”

“The Great Barrier Reef is valuable to us all. It’s a renowned and prized destination, a natural wonder and an important economic asset. Our Reef provides 69,000 jobs and $6 billion to the QLD economy.”

“If we protect our Reef, it will support our way of life, our communities and our unique marine life.”

“There are still so many beautiful parts of our Reef. We need decisive action now to ensure that visitors from across the world can continue to marvel at the wonder of our Great Barrier Reef.”

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For further information please contact:

AMCS Media and Communications – 0412 505 405 – mediacomms@amcs.org.au

David Cazzulino – AMCS Great Barrier Reef Community Campaigner (Cairns) – 0447 238 095 – davidcazzulino@amcs.org.au

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