Calling Hollywood Actors, Former Presidents and Leading Scientists to Save the Reef
The Australian Marine Conservation Society has welcomed eminent scholars, kings, former presidents and actors who have added their names to a growing chorus of concerned citizens calling on the World Heritage Committee to ensure the Australian government provides what is necessary to protect the Great Barrier Reef Take action.
They supported a statement – organized by the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) – that said Australia and the world must respond to the climate now while there is still time to save the reef.
AMCS Managing Director Darren Kindleysides thanked the leading names who agreed to endorse the statement on short notice.
The statement says the reef climate emergency is already evident and points to the three major coral bleaches in just five years that resulted in mass coral extinction.
They say limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 ° C is a critical threshold for the reef and are calling on Australia – as custodian of the reef – to implement a national plan compatible with 1.5 ° C.
The world-famous and respected supporters support UNESCO’s recommendation to the World Heritage Committee to include the reef on the list of World Heritage in Danger.
The statement said: “We call on the world’s largest emitters to take the most ambitious climate action measures under the Paris Agreement. There is still time to save the Great Barrier Reef, but Australia and the world must act now.
“We commend UNESCO for its leadership role. We urge the World Heritage Committee to agree to the UNESCO recommendation. “
Kindleysides notes, “The influential signatories of this statement come from all over the world and show that worship and alarm for our reef is not just a concern of Australians. The reef belongs to the world, and as its custodian, Australia must lead the world in climate action to preserve its future. “
It is the latest high profile invitation to the World Heritage Committee to adopt UNESCO recommendations following public letters from five world-famous scientists, Australia’s leading environmental NGOs and over 50 influential Australians.
The 21-person World Heritage Committee will decide later this week whether to ratify UNESCO’s scientifically based recommendation to add the reef to the list of World Heritage in Danger.
The explanation can be read here.
The statement are advocated:
HSH Prince Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco
Philippe Cousteau, journalist, explorer and sea advocate
Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, journalist, explorer, and marine advocate
Sylvia Earle, President and Chairperson of Mission Blue, Ocean Elder
Christiana Figueres, Founding Partner, Global Optimism and Former Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
José María Figueres, former President of Costa Rica and co-founder of Ocean Unite
Adrian Grenier, actor, Lonely Whale co-founder, filmmaker and UN ambassador of goodwill for the environment
Joanna Lumley OBE FRGS, actress, producer, activist
Jason Momoa, actor, producer, and environmentalist
Mohamed Nasheed GCSK, former President of the Maldives
Lewis Pugh OIG, ocean advocate, pioneer swimmer, UN Patron of the Oceans
Callum Roberts, professor of marine conservation and author
Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Pristine Seas
Cody Simpson, musician, UNDP Ocean Advocate
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February 22, 2021 – 17 marine tourism companies funded monitoring of the condition of the Great Barrier Reef
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September 30, 2020 – Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority responds to illegal fishing on the reef
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June 16, 2020 – Great Barrier Reef activists deliver the message of reef-safe recovery
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May 13, 2020 – Great Barrier Reef tourism companies receive additional funding
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