It’s the fight of our times – the fight to stop Adani’s massive coal mine wrecking our vibrant Great Barrier Reef. Hundreds of thousands are standing between Adani and our Reef. Will you be one of them?
Our Reef is part of Australia’s identity – a kaleidoscope of colour and life that all of us cherish and dream of seeing. But it is in peril.
Mining and burning coal creates carbon pollution, which heats our oceans. It is already leading to more catastrophic weather events and resulted in the most severe back to back coral bleaching we’ve ever seen in the Great Barrier Reef. Yet our government has given Adani’s colossal Carmichael coal mine many of the approvals it needs and continues to seek ways to subsidise the mine using taxpayer money.
If Adani’s mine goes ahead it will be one of the largest coal mines in the world and will generate an estimated 4.7 billion tonnes of carbon pollution over its lifetime. At a time when we need to be reducing our carbon pollution to save our Reef – this is reckless beyond belief.
The mine would drive massive industrial port expansion along the Reef coastline at Abbot Point. Over a million cubic metres of the seafloor would be dredged for a new coal terminal, threatening the habitat of vulnerable dugongs and turtles and dolphins. There would be hundreds more coal ships ploughing through the Reef’s waters every year, increasing the risk of accidents. Just one collision, one mistake or one spill could result in an environmental catastrophe in the Great Barrier Reef.
Adani can’t be trusted with our delicate Reef. We’ve seen the evidence, when Adani exceeded its permitted pollution discharge limit to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area by more than 800 per cent at the Port of Abbot Point, and spilt coal laden water into the neighbouring fragile Caley Valley Wetlands, and onto the beach next to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.