Save The Reef the Fight Continues
Greenpeace boards a coal ship that left Australia sailing across the Reef loaded with coal 24th of April 2013
The fight to save the treasured Reef in North Queensland is ongoing and thankfully the Australian people have the help from some global heavy hitters like Greenpeace. however I fear this is not a battle that will end quickly. Just because some of us have written blogs and signed a petition does not mean everything is okay, no sir this fight is going to be long and hard and I hope to reach as many people as I can with my posts. We need to go global and we need to go viral.
My last post was Greenpeace and this is just the start. The magic of being inspired to do the last blog and share it with everyone I knew was, I found people all around the globe who became shocked and then inspired to help us Aussies do something about the situation threatening the Reef. Just like my mate Steve Greenhalgh.
Steve is a really top bloke and he has had the pleasure to dive on our majestic Reef. The funny thing is Steve is a pommy yes that’s right a pom and I consider him a best mate. He was so moved about the situation he has signed the petition and published his story on his website you can check it out by clicking here
New up date on this story from the ABC
Activists board coal ship off north Qld
A coal ship boarded by Greenpeace activists off the north Queensland coast is still on course to South Korea.
The six activists from Australia, India, the US, China, and New Zealand boarded the coal ship MV Meister as it was leaving Australian waters off the coast of north Queensland this morning.
They have been demanding to be delivered back to port at Abbot Point terminal, north of Bowen, but are not classified as pirates as they are not trying to take over control of the vessel.
Customs and Border Protection says it is investigating the incident.
Greenpeace spokeswoman Georgina Woods says they are protesting against the expansion of coal production.
Ms Woods says the activists delivered a letter to the ship’s captain raising concerns about climate change and the lack of political action.
“We are hoping to halt this ship because the coal export expansion has to halt and we are the only ones taking action so far to make that happen,” she said.
“There is an utter failure at the political level to take action on the expansion of coal.”
The ship has not turned back and is on course in international waters with the activists still on board.
Greenpeace campaigner Emma Giles says the six activists were met with frustration and anger by the ship’s captain and crew, but the situation has calmed down.
She says she is unsure if they will be arrested.
“We obviously don’t take these kinds of actions lightly,” she said.
“We take it with a lot of consideration in doing these things, but as I said … it’s come to a point now where something needs to happen.”
The Queensland Resources Council has labelled the protest a pointless photo opportunity. imagine that now saving the Reef is just a photo opportunity so Australia’s leaders aren’t willing to do anything are you.
Have you signed the petition if you haven’t don’t waste another minute the longer we wait the more likely it will be that the world will lose the Great Barrier Reef forever