What a week for the Reef. New research revealed up to 67% of corals on the Reef north of Port Douglas are already dead from coral bleaching [1] — despite what Pauline Hanson might have to say about it. [2]

And today, after months of delay, the Government finally told us (and UNESCO, the World Heritage Committee) what they plan to do about it: [3]

  • Recognise that we need to ‘quicken the pace’ of reform. 
  • Acknowledged the ‘importance’ of limiting dredging in the World Heritage Area.


  • No new action to tackle bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef [4]
  • No attempt to address climate change – which the Government report acknowledges is the root cause of this mass coral death
  • No new money for programs needed to protect the coral that’s left
  • All the while, continued government support for the Carmichael megamine, just inland from the Reef itself

It can leave you speechless. But Bob, we can’t afford to be silent. This story is trending across news and social media right now – and it’s up to us to keep turning the Government’s spin on its head.

The only way to protect the health of our Reef is to ban new coal mines. Watch our latest video, and chip in to help us spread this message to hundreds of thousands of people across the country.

Watch this video now

Every time this Government strikes with bad decisions for our Reef and climate, courageous people like you have been ready to expose the bull****. 

And now, the tide of public opinion is changing: today, polling from our friends at WWF and the Australian Marine Conservation Society reveals that two thirds of Australians agree that the condition of the Great Barrier Reef should be declared a “national emergency”. [5]

Thanks to you, and our friends in the movement, public opinion on the health of the reef is changing. In just the last month, more than 30,000 of us joined Graeme Kelleher, former CEO and Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, in calling for a ban on new coal mines to protect the Reef.

Graeme’s petition made headlines across traditional media: reaching another 552,043 via online and print news. But here’s where things get exciting: social media extended the reach of this campaign by another 1.3 million people. That’s without a dollar spent on advertising, driven only by people like us sharing it with our family and friends.

Now imagine if just a thousand of us chipped in $42 right now — we could get this latest video in front of hundreds of thousands more. Every cent Greenpeace has comes from people like you.

It pays for the filmmakers, video equipment, and office costs needed to expose the truth. And with a few dollars more, we can show this video everywhere online. This is our power.

Let’s use it to outmanoeuvre the Government’s spin that the Reef is “A-OK”. Can you help us cut the Government’s spin about the health of our Reef?

Watch the video now, and chip in what you can.

The campaign to protect the Great Barrier Reef has been powered by people like you for years (and decades). And because of your signatures, donations, emails to MPs and rallies, we’ve had major wins for Reef protection along the way.

But as things get tough, the tough have to keep going. Let’s put the pressure on Pollies in Canberra to protect the millions of corals still thriving on our Reef from the worst impacts of climate change.

Thanks for all you do,

Jess, Sam, Shani, Liam, Seb and the whole Greenpeace team

PS – We’ve been fighting to save the Great Barrier Reef from reckless development for years. Our movement wins one battle, and another front seems to open. But together, we’re in this for the long haul, through thick and thin, for something greater than ourselves: the future of our precious Great Barrier Reef, and our planet. Thanks for your voice, now let’s do this.

Recent El Niño weather patterns and rising sea temperatures have killed 22% of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The biggest threat is climate change. Australia has promised to act, but some activists don’t think the government has done enough.


[1] The Washington Post: Scientists chart a 400-mile zone of coral devastation at the Great Barrier Reef: www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/11/28/scientists-chart-a-400-mile-zone-of-coral-devastation-at-the-great-barrier-reef

[2] Sydney Morning Herald: Pauline Hanson lands in hot water over Great Barrier Reef dive: www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/pauline-hanson-lands-in-hot-water-over-great-barrier-reef-dive-20161126-gsy4wm.html

[3] Australian Government and Queensland Government, 2016: Reef 2050 Plan Update on Progress: http://www.environment.gov.au/marine/gbr/publications/reef-2050-plan-update-on-progress

[4] The Guardian: Great Barrier Reef: Australia’s ‘response plan’ draft contains no new action or funding: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/nov/30/great-barrier-reef-australias-response-plan-draft-contains-no-new-action-or-funding

[5] The Guardian: Two-thirds of Australians think reef crisis is ‘national emergency’ – poll: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/02/two-thirds-of-australians-think-reef-crisis-is-national-emergency-poll
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