This morning the people of Townsville marched onto Townsville Bulletin Square to protest the devastation of one of arguably Australia’s most precious natural resource, The Great Barrier Reef.
This comes after reports have surfaced this week that half of the Reef may already be dead.
The Great Barrier Reef has been world heritage listed since 1981 and is listed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, however it’s delicate ecosystem has been ravaged by global warming and chemical run off, largely by local mining.
The North Queensland Conservation Council (NQCC) organized the snap rally which went down at 8 o’clock this morning.
Ms Maree Dibella, the NQCC Coordinator said:
““So many North Queenslanders are devastated to learn over the past few days that half of the Reef may already be dead from recent bleaching events caused by global warming. We can't give up hope on our Reef. We need strong action and we need it now.
“The Federal Government’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is holding a Reef Summit meeting in Townsville this week and we hope they hear the community’s message.
“Strong climate change action means no new coal projects. This starts with stopping Adani’s polluting mine. It means no royalties holiday, no $1 billion handout and no more favours from the Palaszczuk government to prop up this controversial project”.
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