Stop Great Barrier Coal
Activists in Australia are pressuring the government and UNESCO is speaking out, but a bank owned by the US public is key to the project. Global pressure on the US bank now could bring international shame and spotlight environmental issues in the middle of the US election season. If they pull out, the entire crazy plan could be shut down for good.
Let’s up the pressure on the bank’s chairman Fred Hochberg and demand he halt funding for Great Barrier Coal. We have only days to act -- he's in Australia for meetings right now. Click below to join the call to save the reef and Avaaz will deliver our voices to Hochberg:
The enormous coal port project would push the already vulnerable reef closer to the brink by constructing an export terminal inside its waters -- and by flooding the market with 8 billion more tonnes of coal exports. It would allow up to 20 ships each day to travel over this pristine area, shuttling dirty coal from inland Australia to China. We saw the kind of damage these ships can cause in 2010 when a ship ran aground, leaving a 3km gash in the unique reef.
Right now, the proposal is facing hurdles after UNESCO reported that coal development is damaging the reef, and the Australian government has intervened by calling for a review of the environmental assessment. If we can cut the funding off at its source we can bring another blow to the plan -- and help stop the entire mining operation.
The US Export-Import Bank is already embattled within US politics and wants to avoid any further controversy. A massive outcry right now could stop them from destroying the most spectacular underwater scenery in the world. Sign now and Avaaz will deliver the message straight to Hochberg: http://www.avaaz.org...oal_mine_global
#1 Posted 17 August 2012 - 06:31 PM
#2 Posted 17 August 2012 - 08:43 PM