Death of Great Barrier Reef is a political choice

The Australian Greens MPs

Yet another devastating climate change report details that the Great Barrier Reef is all but doomed without radical climate action. It begs the question: what will it take for our leaders to act?

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said immediate transformative action to reverse climate change impacts on the reef is possible, but political will and determination is lacking.

“It’s disgraceful that reports like these are becoming normalised under the Liberal Government’s watch – the destruction of our climate isn’t a natural phenomenon, it’s a political decision.

“Governments have choices around acting on climate change, and they’re making the wrong ones.

“Our Government has all the science and the technology it needs to create radical change, but it is failing miserably at showing the leadership needed for real action.

“This latest report clearly indicates that we are set to lose 70 – 99% of corals on the Great Barrier Reef unless radical action is taken now.

“If the Government isn’t motivated by common sense and decency to protect the life on this planet that sustains us, maybe the threat of losing the $5 billion in tourism income from the reef will motivate it to act?”

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