Protecting the reef

The Great Barrier Reef is an undisputed wonder of the world. But it is under pressure like never before. Two consecutive years of coral bleaching – a direct result of warmer-than-usual oceans – has taken a terrible toll on this magnificent ecosystem.

Australia has primary responsibility for the Great Barrier Reef under the UN World Heritage Convention. Yet our federal government’s policies to combat climate change – the biggest threat to the reef – are weak and it supports Adani’s proposed massive new coal mine, which would contribute substantially to global warming and hasten deterioration of the Great Barrier Reef. This is nothing short of negligent, given its obligation to protect our priceless World Heritage.

Environmental Justice Australia advocates for stronger action to protect the Great Barrier Reef, we expose the sorry record of Adani – the company that wants to build Australia’s biggest coal mine and ship the coal across the Great Barrier Reef to be burnt overseas – and we represent experts, like Dr Charlie Veron, the ‘Godfather of Coral’, who know what the reef needs to survive.

Abbot Point Port and the Great Barrier Reef

March 7, 2012

Protecting the reef: news and media

July 9, 2021

Coalition of international legal groups brings Australia inaction on climate change before the UN Human Rights Council

June 24, 2021

Young Queenslanders escalate legal request to revoke Adani mine approval, after UN recommends Reef ‘in danger’ listing

September 7, 2020

Suitable Scrutiny: QLD environment law must be fixed so that there can be proper scrutiny of Adani Minings suitable operator status

July 10, 2020

Environmental lawyers call for law change and an investigation into Adani’s ‘suitable operator’ following fresh allegations about shocking international track record

August 8, 2018

Great Barrier Reef grant decision broke govt’s own rules, environmental lawyers say (ABC)

July 12, 2018

Submission to the Senate inquiry into the Great Barrier Reef 2050 Partnership Program