Five of the world’s leading reef scientists and climatologists have supported UNESCO’s idea of listing the Great Barrier Reef as Endangered.
UNESCO has recommended that the Great Barrier Reef be included in the list of World Heritage Sites that are “in danger”. This decision was made due to the fact that Australia “did not make every effort to reduce the negative impact on the reef.”
The idea to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef was supported by Australian professors Ove Hog-Guldberg and Terry Hughes, as well as Professor Andre Grottoli, President of the International Coral Reef Society, Professor Johan Roxtröm, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and Dr. Sylvia Earl, Oceanographer and Chair of Blue whose mission is to protect the oceans by 30% by 2030.
To read the collective letter of scientists to UNESCO, follow the link.
Unfortunately, the reef has suffered significant losses in recent years, mainly due to global warming. Protecting the reef requires effective global change, in particular the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. However, Australia has yet to contribute to this global effort.
Collective letter of a group of scientists
Australian Federal Minister of the Environment Sussan Leigh said that Australia cannot alone take responsibility for global processes.