Dear Prime Minister Turnbull,
The Great Barrier Reef is in crisis and urgently needs your leadership to save it.
The Reef is Australia’s most beloved natural wonder but our generation risks seeing it terminally decline on our watch.
The Reef that generations of Australians have grown up to love is an underwater carnival of more than 1,500 species of fish, one-third of the world's soft corals, six of the world's seven species of threatened marine turtles, and more than 30 species of marine mammals, including the vulnerable dugong.
Tragically, the reality is that we’re losing the Reef we love. In the last 15 months the Reef is becoming a pale imitation of its former self. It has been devastated by two coral bleaching events, a cyclone, and pollutant laden floods, which have caused destruction at a scale never seen before.
Please take this opportunity for your government to step up in these vital areas:
1 - Turn down the heat - we need to dramatically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by moving to clean renewable energy, and stop government subsidies which currently encourage more coal, oil and gas to be burnt.
2 - Clean water for recovery - we need to work with farmers to reduce chemical pollution run-off and keep trees standing.
3 - Safe havens for our species - Turtles, fish and dugongs are under stress and some will lose their homes - so we need to support our turtle hospitals and wildlife carers, and reduce the pressure from commercial fishing.
If you act on this plan urgently, the Reef can thrive once again. But if you don’t, then it could perish on your watch.
Sincerely, one of the thousands of Australians asking for action to protect the Great Barrier Reef.