Coral bleaching alert, February 2024: This summer a marine heatwave is causing widespread heat stress on the Reef. Moderate to severe coral bleaching is unfolding in parts of the Reef.
More than ever we need strong government action to protect our irreplaceable Reef.
The Australian and Queensland governments must implement the 22 expert recommendations in UNESCO and IUCN’s reef monitoring report – its the clear roadmap to save our Reef.
Urge the government to implement these Reef-saving actions now:
- Enact climate policies to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C – a critical threshold for the survival of coral reefs
- Improve water quality to meet the 2025 water quality targets by enforcing regulations, repair degraded gullies and restore coastal wetlands
- End tree clearing and protect native vegetation in Reef catchments
- Stop gillnet fishing and monitor trawling catches to protect threatened species such as dugongs and turtles
Our Reef is under immense pressure.
This is the decade to focus on solutions to local threats and meaningful climate action. The Australian and Queensland governments must implement these actions quickly.
We will deliver this petition to the Federal Environment Minister, Tanya Plibersek when it reaches 30,000 signatures – help us get there!