Ian Somerhalder, Mark Ruffalo and other stars in support of the Great Barrier Reef.
Do you know that the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, is the largest living thing on Earth? Do you know that it’s even visible from outer space? The Great Barrier Reef is one of the wonders of our Earth and now, it’s at risk.
The ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral, where numerous species of colorful fish, mollusks, starfish, turtles, dolphins and sharks are living.
Earlier this week the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO concluded that the health of the Reef was poor and demanded the Australian government report-back in 18 months’ time on concrete action taken to save the Reef.
Thus, a large and diverse group of organizations, including Greenpeace, scientists, environmentalists and individuals is campaigning to save the Great Barrier Reef. Traditional Owners of the land on which it is proposed that the Carmichael coal mine be built have also been campaigning worldwide to halt the project.
Furthermore, Hollywood stars have joined forces to save the Great Barrier Reef.
“In our lifetime, half the coral cover of the Great Barrier Reef has gone. Really let that sink in… can you imagine a world without coral? But we are the generation that can reverse this massive destruction—not only for our oceans health but for all forms of life on this planet, including our own. We must stop coal development on the Great Barrier Reef and we must stop it now.” Ian Somerhalder.
Mark Ruffalo said “I stand with the 85% of Australians who say they want more protection for the Great Barrier Reef – not more coal industry expansion along the Reef” Mark Ruffalo.
The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior is currently sailing the Great Barrier Reef to highlight the ongoing threat from climate change and coal mine and port expansion.
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Video: BBC HD Great Barrier Reef.