Reef Workers, Reef Protectors

DFRC was formed in 2017 to bring together the thousands of people who work in the Great Barrier Reef dive and eco-tourism industry. As the tour operators, divers, marine biologists and other staff who work in this World Heritage area every day, we were devastated to watch as vast areas of coral bleached and died in the unprecedented heatwaves of 2016 and 2017, caused by out-of-control global warming. We knew we had to join together to raise awareness about how climate change is threatening the Reef and 64,000 jobs like ours that depend upon it.

As well as being a priceless, irreplaceable natural wonder and a haven for threatened wildlife, the Reef is a magnet for millions of people from Australia and around the world, generating $6 billion each year for our economy. We love the Reef and we take seriously our responsibility to look after it. Working closely with our partner organisation, the Australian Marine Conservation Society, our goal is to call for bold action to combat climate change and protect this natural icon.

The Fight for the Reef

Climate change, mainly driven by burning coal and other fossil fuels, is the single biggest threat to the Great Barrier Reef. The carbon pollution from coal , oil and gas is heating the air and the oceans to dangerous levels. Corals cannot handle the extreme heat stress, which causes them to turn white, known as "coral bleaching", a weakened condition which is sometimes fatal.

Our Reef is resilient. It continues to be one of the most life-changing and unmissable tourism attractions in the world. But, like coral reefs around the world, it is under serious threat. As global warming continues, bleaching is predicted to become more and more frequent and severe in the future.

It's not too late to save our Reef, but time is critical

Right now, we are at a crossroads and our window of opportunity to act is running out. World leaders, starting with our own Australian government, have a responsibility to honour the Paris Agreement and to protect the Reef on behalf of all Australians, all humanity, and future generations. Yet our representatives continue to support the expansion of coal and gas, including Adani’s mega coal mine. To give our Reef a chance for the future, Australia must join the rest of the world to rapidly phase out the burning and exporting of coal and other fossil fuels, and transition to renewable energy by 2030.

We call on all our political leaders to stand up for North Queensland businesses and jobs and fight for the future of our Reef.

  • NO new coal, oil or gas projects
  • 100 per cent renewable energy generation and exports by 2030
  • Funding for a just transition and job creation for all fossil fuel industry workers and communities.

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