The Great Barrier Reef - One of the seven wonders of the World
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral
reef ecosystem on our blue planet. Spanning 2,300km along the Queensland coast,
the Great Barrier is home to a huge diversity of marine plants and animals,
including sea turtles, reef fish, sharks, hard and soft corals and migrating
whales. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and supports a $6
billion tourism industry and 69,000 jobs.
But our Reef is in danger...
This year the Reef faced the worst coral
bleaching event in recorded history. As a result, almost a quarter of our
precious Reef is now dead. Experts say that corals can recover, if we
give them a chance, but we are fast running out of time. Your support counts more than ever to help minimise the damage that continues to happen to our beautiful Reef.
For more information on coral bleaching and how it is causing significant damage, please read the Energy Pledge Blog post.
What can we do?
AMCS is calling on the Australian
Government to urgently put in place policies that move Australia swiftly to
renewable energy and stop subsidising Australia’s fossil fuel industry to the
tune of $7.7 billion a year. Funding is
required to raise awareness around the issues and get the government to take action.
switching to renewable or carbon neutral energy is also the best way
we can help ensure the Reef survives for future generations. Energy Pledge partner with energy providers that are carbon neutral and have great renewable energy options. Your switch will therefore not only help with the funding required, but also reduce your carbon footprint to ensure you are playing your part.
About Australian Marine Conservation Society (ACMS)
Energy Pledge has partnered with the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) who have a long history of fighting for the Great Barrier Reef. They played a critical role in establishing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area.
Some of their work and achievements includes:
They stopped coral mining and oil drilling on the Reef decades ago.
Legally challenging the dredging and dumping that is happening in the area of the Reef
Working with WWF Australia to raise awareness around the issue
Campaigning to get the support of the community to increase their influence specifically on the mining sector expansions on the Great Barrier coastline
Made strong representations to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee who help to keep the pressure on our governments.