THE only thing that is extreme about green groups working to conserve our environment is the political backlash against their existence.
Grassroots community groups are concerned with detrimental effects on the environment, so they work towards creating better understanding of the problems and positive solutions for local communities.
Reef scientists and the government’s own reports show that climate change and industrialisation are the biggest threats to our reef. Burning fossil fuels – that’s coal – is a major contributor to climate change.
Climate change is real and is happening now. Our planet just had its warmest June on record and so far 2015 is the hottest year on record.
To save our reef and our way of life we must transition away from fossil fuels to cleaner renewable energies.
Richard Benyon, a leading conservative politician in the UK, calls our federal government’s climate change policies “incomprehensible and illogical”.
Pope Francis continues his climate mobilising, and concerned communities right across Australia continue to voice their disapproval of the coal industry expansion.
Yet our Federal Government refuses to listen and just doesn’t seem to care – about human health, our environment, what communities think and want, the destruction of our reef, or what kind of a planet we leave for future generations.
Reef tourism is responsible for 60,000 jobs and generates 6 billion dollars every year for the Queensland economy.
By protecting our reef we are protecting the jobs that have sustained Queenslanders for decades. Renewable energy projects are up to 300 per cent more job intensive than the coal sector and pose no threat to human health or our climate.
This is why local green groups want to see investment in a positive future for our community: in job rich renewables and a healthy and sustainable tourism industry. Sandra Williams Airlie Beach