PUT THE REEF FIRST: NO NEW COAL

Graeme Kelleher

My name is Graeme Kelleher, and for 16 years, I was in charge of the Government authority trusted with designing and protecting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

When I took on that role in 1979, the diversity of the Reef was just amazing. But today, global warming is damaging the Great Barrier Reef at an astonishing rate. I worry that our Government’s decisions are putting the health and future of our iconic Reef in jeopardy.

I’m calling on the government to protect the Great Barrier Reef from the devastating impacts of climate change by implementing a ban on new coal mines in Australia.

Will you add your name to my Greenpeace petition?

I trained as a civil engineer, not an activist. But like you, I’ve become a Greenpeace supporter, because I believe it takes each and everyone of us to do our bit if we want to make change for the better. That’s why I’m using my experience on this issue to speak out about the Great Barrier Reef.

To me, it’s clear: Australia cannot have a healthy Great Barrier Reef and an expanding coal industry. Burning fossil fuels is changing our climate and warming our oceans, which in turn is bleaching and killing coral in record numbers.

Together, We can shine a spotlight on this: add your name now to join the campaign.

Graeme Kelleher. A.O.

Former Chairman and CEO Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.