The Courier-Mail

UNESCO decision raises Greens credibilit­y issue


THE Greens bankrupted themselves of credibilit­y a long time ago. UNESCO’S decision to not list the Great Barrier Reef as endangered ( C-M, May 30) has simply put that beyond any doubt.

Since the level-headed Bob Brown hung up his boots and retired from politics, the Greens have morphed into a party that feeds off sensationa­lism and propaganda.

No doubt UNESCO still has major concerns about the future wellbeing of the reef.

If it didn’t, it wouldn’t have issued Federal Environmen­t Minister Greg Hunt and Queensland Environmen­t Minister Steven Miles a checklist of what needs to be done to ensure that it doesn’t end up being listed as endangered at a later time.

This would include not allowing any dredge spoils to be dumped anywhere within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and a commitment by government and industry to reduce land-sourced pollution by 2050. These two stipulatio­ns are rational and reasonable, unlike the Greens. Tim Badrick, Toogoolawa­h WHEN people attack Greenpeace and GetUp supporters over calls to protect the Great Barrier Reef, they’re shooting the messenger because the science is clear.

Professor Ove HoeghGuldb­erg, from the University of Queensland, who has studied the gradual decline of the reef using records dating back to 1928, has said: “There’s no doubt that the Great Barrier Reef is in danger.”

Prof Terry Hughes, from James Cook University, has said: “The final (Reef 2050) plan, released in March 2015, remains short-sighted” (and) “critically, the revised plan lacks any action on climate change”.

The Australian Coral Reef Society says: “If the Great Barrier Reef is to be protected, the coal mines of the Galilee Basin should not proceed”.

Then there’s the economics. The mining company pushing the Carmichael mine has already been forced to admit their jobs figure was massively inflated – not 10,000 but more like 1400. Globally the coal industry is in massive decline. Just this week, the Norwegian Parliament voted to divest billions from coal. Eleven internatio­nal banks have said they won’t invest in Great Barrier Reef destructio­n. And this week, Citibank slashed the forecast price for coal.

We couldn’t agree more that when it comes to stewardshi­p of this fragile ecosystem, there’s no room for complacenc­y. David Ritter, executive director, Greenpeace Australia Pacific; Sam McLean, national director, GetUp CORAL dies, coral grows, crown of thorns starfish multiply and recede and hundreds of years from now, the reef will still exist. Patrick McNevin, Macgregor

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