Petition to Save Endangered Great Barrier Reef in Australia

June 17, 2013 – In 2005, an international conservation organization WWF helped achieve a huge conservation success with an increase in the protected area cover of Australia’s famed Great Barrier Reef (GBR) from four to thirty-three percent, totalling 13 million ha, plus a zoning plan to ensure human impact on the GBR was sustainable.

A Blue Starfish (Linckia laevigata) resting on hard Acropora coral. Lighthouse, Ribbon Reefs, Great Barrier Reef

A Blue Starfish resting on hard Acropora coral. Great Barrier Reef. © Richard Ling

However, plans to build coal loading terminals, increase shipping and weaken coastal protection laws threaten the future of this iconic natural site. Even its World Heritage status is at risk, as is the US$6 billion reef-based tourism industry. WWF, with the Australia Marine Conservation Society, have released a scorecard rating Australia’s reef management and are calling on the Federal and Queensland governments to halt approvals of further major development schemes until a plan to secure the GBR’s future is agreed.

Today, WWF launched a petition, asking the World Heritage Committee to protect the Great Barrier Reef for all the people around the world who love it. The committee is meeting in Cambodia in coming weeks and they must place pressure on the Queensland and Australian governments to give the Reef the protection it needs.

You can sign the petition at http://fightforthereef.org.au/take-action and take action in protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

The fight for the reef is one of the most significant environmental battles the world has ever seen.

Source: WWF