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Call welcomed from Hollywood actors, former presidents and leading scientists to save the Reef
The Australian Marine Conservation Society has welcomed renowned scientists, royalty, former presidents and actors adding their names to a growing chorus of concerned citizens who are calling on the World Heritage Committee to ensure the Australian Government takes the actions required to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
They have endorsed a statement – which was organised by the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) - which says Australia and the world must act now on climate while there is still time to save the Reef.
AMCS Chief Executive Darren Kindleysides thanked the leading names who agreed to endorse the statement at short notice.
The statement says the climate emergency is already evident in the Reef, pointing to the three severe coral bleaching events in just five years which have caused mass coral mortality.
They say limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C is a critical threshold for the Reef and urge Australia – as the custodian of the Reef – to implement a national plan compatible with 1.5°C.
The world renowned and respected endorsees support UNESCO’s recommendation to the World Heritage Committee to inscribe the Reef on the List of World Heritage In Danger.
The statement says: “We urge the world’s major emitters to undertake the most ambitious climate action under the Paris Agreement. There is still time to save the Great Barrier Reef, but Australia and the world must act now.
“We commend UNESCO for its leadership. We urge the World Heritage Committee to endorse UNESCO’s recommendation.”
Kindleysides notes “yhe influential signatories to this statement are from all over the world, showing that adoration and alarm for our Reef is not just a concern for Australians. The Reef belongs to the world, and as its custodian, Australia must show global leadership on climate action to preserve its future.”
It is the latest high profile call on the World Heritage Committee to accept the UNESCO recommendations following public letters from five world renowned scientists, Australia’s leading environmental non-government organisations and over 50 influential Australians.
The 21-member World Heritage Committee will decide later this week whether to ratify UNESCO’s science-based recommendation to add the Reef to the World Heritage ‘in danger’ list.
The statement can be read here.
The statement endorsees are:
HSH Prince Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco
Philippe Cousteau, Journalist, explorer and ocean advocate
Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, Journalist, explorer and ocean advocate
Sylvia Earle, President and Chairman of Mission Blue, Ocean Elder
Christiana Figueres, Founding Partner, Global Optimism and former Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
José María Figueres, Former President of Costa Rica and Co-Founder of Ocean Unite
Adrian Grenier, Actor, Co-Founder of Lonely Whale, film-maker and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador
Joanna Lumley OBE FRGS, Actor, producer, activist
Jason Momoa, Actor, producer and environmentalist
Mohamed Nasheed GCSK, Former President of the Maldives
Lewis Pugh OIG, Ocean advocate, pioneer swimmer, UN Patron of the Oceans
Callum Roberts, Professor of Marine Conservation and author
Enric Sala, National Geographic explorer-in-residence, Pristine Seas
Cody Simpson, Musician, UNDP Ocean Advocate
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