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Stopp uthenting av fossil energi før det er for sent

Kull er en av de fossile energikildene med størst klimaavtrykk. Fortsatt eller økt utvinning av kull er ikke forenlig med et bærekraftig klima og konsekvensen av en slik kurs vil være katastrofale klimaendringer. Australia vurderer nå å sette i gang flere store prosjekter med kullutvinning som både vil ramme klimaet og Great Barrier Reef knallhardt. Dette må stoppes om vi skal ha utsikter til en framtid vi ønsker å leve i. Vær med å signer på oppropet gjennom Avaaz for å legge press på den australske regjeringen slik at de stopper kullutvinningsprosjektet. Les mer om dette nedenfor.

Samtidig har Norge og den norske regjering lagt en tilsvarende kurs i Norge. Oljefeltene bygges ut i høy hastighet. Norge må derfor også gjøre store tiltak for å stoppe den storstilte utnyttingen av fossil energi – før det er for sent. Regjeringen har vist i løpet av årene som har gått at de ikke gjør nevneverdige tiltak på denne fronten. Høyre ser ut til å sette en tilsvarende kurs, mens de øvrige partiene i stor grad har bundet seg til enten Arbeiderpartiet eller Høyre. Det trengs derfor en uavhengig politisk kraft som trosser dette og ikke bøyer av for press for videre oljeutbygging. Miljøpartiet De Grønne er en slik kraft og er nå i ferd med å gjøre sitt inntog på Stortinget. Dette Stortingsvalget gir derfor en mulighet til å starte på det som skal bli framtiden og du kan bidra.

Dear Avaazers,

The Great Barrier Reef is at risk of being dredged to make way for a mega coal project. In days the Australian Government will decide whether to approve the plan, and a massive international outcry could tip the balance by putting PM Rudd’s reputation on the line. But we have to act fast —sign this urgent petition to save the Great Barrier Reef:

Sign now!

The Great Barrier Reef is at risk of being dredged to make way for a mega coal project. But if the Australian Government steps in to block the plan, the dredging will be dropped and this world heritage site will be protected.

There are just weeks until a knife’s edge Australian election, and Prime Minister Rudd has been looking for ways to shore up his green credentials. But major mining companies have local voters scared and the Prime Minister thinking twice.Rudd cares deeply about his international reputation and a huge global outcry can tip the balance and get him to save the Great Barrier Reef. 

The decision will be made in days — let’s stop this disastrous plan before the reef is rubbished. Sign the urgent petition now and send this to everyonebefore it is too late. When 1 million have signed we’ll take our message and the media right to the PM’s doorstep:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/australian_coal_disaster_r5/?bRuKtbb&v=27483

Australia is already the 2nd biggest coal exporter in the world — and there are enough new mines proposed to roughly triple the amount they produce! If all the coal from the proposed mines were burned, it would be three times Australia’s current climate pollution — with global implications. This coal bonanza is precisely what the Prime Minister, who claims to be committed to stopping climate change, should be stopping.

UNESCO is up in arms that Australia is considering devastating this precious site. When you read the details of what this project will entail — it is extraordinary that it is even being considered. It will require extending a massive port in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef so it can accommodate huge ships and then dredging three million cubic metres of seabed and dumping all of the rubble within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This global treasure once devastated cannot be replaced.

If we can get the Prime Minister to block the proposal, it’ll block the cheapest route out for the coal exports — the reef will be protected and the entire mega mining project will be delayed and possibly shelved for good. The government is considering the dredging application right now. Let’s ensure he says no. Sign now and share this widely:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/australian_coal_disaster_r5/?bRuKtbb&v=27483

The Avaaz community has been fighting to save the unparalleled beauty of the reef for years. Last year, Avaaz members threatened a public US Bank when they were set to invest in Reef destruction. And hundreds of thousands of Avaaz members sent messages to the Australian Environment Minister to help win the largest marine reserve in the world. Let’s do it again and put the reef out of reach of these profiteering plunderers.

With hope and determination,

Alex, David, Emily, Lisa, Oli, Marie, Ricken, Alice and the whole Avaaz team

PS – Many Avaaz campaigns are started by members of our community. It’s easy to get started – click to start yours now and win on any issue – local, national or global: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?bgMYedb&v=23917

SOURCES:

Great Barrier Reef Under Threat (TIME)
http://world.time.com/2013/07/22/great-barrier-reef-under-threat/photo/dugong-dugong-dugon-feeding-on-sea-weed-golden-trevallys-gnathodon-speciosus-pilot-fish-great-barrier-reef-unesco-world-heritage-site-queensland-cairns-australia-pacific-ocean/

‘Death By a Thousand Cuts’: Coal Boom Could Destroy Great Barrier Reef (Spiegel)
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/australia-debates-how-to-protect-the-great-barrier-reef-a-900911.html

GVK’s Australia coal project ‘a quagmire, not an investment’ says report (The Times of India)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/GVKs-Australia-coal-project-a-quagmire-not-an-investment-says-report/articleshow/20651363.cms

Report- Stranded: Alpha Coal Project in Australia’s Galilee Basin (IEEFA)
http://www.ieefa.org/report-stranded-alpha-coal-project-in-australias-galilee-basin/

GVK rejects claim Alpha is ‘stranded’ (The Age)
http://www.theage.com.au/business/carbon-economy/gvk-rejects-claim-alpha-is-stranded-20130619-2oj96.html

Abbott Point Coal Mine Map (Greenpeace)
http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/what-we-do/climate/resources/reports/Cooking-the-climate-Wrecking-the-reef/

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