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Great Barrier Reef Tourism Operators call for Urgent Action from Australia’s politicians
All parties in the Federal election are being called upon by the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO) and the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) to make the Great Barrier Reef and climate change a top issue for voters.
20 reef tourism operators and businesses from hospitality and retail to law and construction, have signed a formal declaration demanding strong climate policies to protect the future of the reef.
AMPTO and AMCS are running a joint advertising campaign and encouraging supporters to write to their local candidates, with AMCS volunteers knocking on doors to spread the message.
AMPTO Chief Executive, Col McKenzie stated “the Reef is still a dynamic, vibrant, awesome place but it is under serious threat from climate change and we need our leaders to put in place strong climate and energy policies to protect its future.
“Today we’re calling on all our political leaders to stand up for Far North Queensland businesses and jobs and demonstrate climate leadership to protect the future of our Reef.”
David Cazzulino, Great Barrier Reef Community Campaigner at AMCS advised “this election is make or break for our Reef.
“Political candidates have the opportunity to be climate leaders to stand up for our beautiful Reef and the abundance of life it supports, including Reef communities like Cairns and Port Douglas.
“Coal and other fossil fuels are causing climate change and that’s damaging our Reef, we must say no to new coal mines like Adani and rapidly transition to renewable energy.”
Tropical Journeys Operations Manager, Chris Jones added “the Reef is our livelihood, generating $6 billion each year and supporting 64,000 jobs. As Reef tourism businesses, we love the Reef and we take seriously our responsibility to look after this incredible place.
“There’s no doubt that climate change is the biggest threat to our Reef - we’ve seen the impacts in the back-to-back coral bleaching events.
“So why do our representatives continue to support the expansion of the fossil fuel industry, such as Adani’s coal mine? We need the federal government to take bold action to reduce emissions to protect the Reef and the local jobs that depend on it.”
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7th February 2018 - New snorkelling and diving Code of Practice now in force in Queensland
4th June 2017 - UN report shows challenges in protecting the Great Barrier Reef
28th January 2015 - Great Barrier Reef and tourism at issue in the Queensland election
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