Give the Reef a fighting chance
Australia’s beautiful Great Barrier Reef is in a state of emergency. As much as half of the Reef may be dead following back to back bleaching events in recent years.
In the midst of this tragedy, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison is continuing to show interest in investing in the dirty coal industry. Please give now to help stop the destruction of our Reef.
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The Great Barrier Reef has been experiencing the worst bleaching event of its history, turning the colored corals into ghostly white. This phenomenon occurs when the ocean stays at higher than normal temperatures, causing the corals to expel the algae, zooxanthellae, that live on them. Losing this algae puts stress on the coral and causes it to turn completely white. While it is possible for coral to recover from a bleaching event, the severity and length of the bleaching determines whether the coral will recover or die. It is estimated that up to 50% of the currently bleached coral will die.
As the globe continues to warm and ocean temperatures increase, bleaching events like this will become more frequent and could occur annually as soon as 2030.
Why is the coral bleaching?
The coal industry's three big threats that could devastate The Great Barrier Reef:
How the coal industry could impact the Reef
The water used in coal, transport and mining could become contaminated, thick and cloudy, potentially and ending up in the reef.
Toxins aside, cloudy water would block sunlight, preventing algae from making food through photosynthesis.
The dredging of the reef floor to create routes for coal ships in this area would destroy part of the reef bed.
The greenhouse gases generated by burning coal warms the ocean. A warmer ocean increases the likelihood of coral bleaching events. High concentrations of Carbon Dioxide in the air is absorbed by the ocean and acidifies it, harming sea life including the Reef.
Why the Reef is so special
It also survived the last glacial periods but may disappear just in 40 years, because of human activities and our contribution towards global warming.
It is over 20 millions years old
More than 1500 different species of fish live in the Great Barrier Reef, which represents 10% of the worlds fish species.
It is a natural biological bank
Actually composed of 2900 individual reefs, it is as big as Tasmania and Victoria combined. That makes it the world's largest living structure. Because of this, the Reef gained the world heritage status in 1981.
It is the largest coral reef system in the world
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