This Greenpeace Australia Pacific video launch comes two weeks after UNESCO’s draft report on the health of the Great Barrier Reef warned it is in a poor condition and demanded the Australian government report back in 18 months on implementing real protection for the Reef. The video, featuring Gotye’s hit song “Heart’s A Mess”, urges viewers to “Take Another Look” at the Reef. UNESCO is due to produce its final report in Bonn in two weeks time.
Jess Panegyres from Greenpeace Australia Pacific:
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living thing and Australia is supposed to be its guardian. The vast majority of Australians want the Reef protected, not more coal expansion. The government is more interested in propping up a dying coal industry than keeping alive the Great Barrier Reef, and the vital, sustainable tourism industry that depends on it.
The Abbott government is still pushing its Reef 2050 plan on UNESCO, but the plan allows for coal port expansion, which is completely contrary to the advice from UNESCO to not approve any projects that impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of the Reef.