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Humane Society International Says Tell Prime Minister Rudd To Save The Reef

(28/11/08 - O)  You can send a letter today

Here's the alert received from the Humane Society International:

Scientists warn that increases in sea surface temperatures between 1 and 3C risk devastation for the Great Barrier Reef, with frequent coral bleaching events and mass mortality of corals.

 

Australian government officials will decide by the end of the year what global targets they will aim for in international negotiations and to what extent they will commit Australia to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They are presently considering aiming for an international consensus to stabilise mean global temperature rises between 2 and 3C. Even if these goals are achieved, they are unlikely to save coral reefs.

 

The Australian community needs to tell the Prime Minister that we want a future that includes a healthy Great Barrier Reef.

 

TAKE ACTION

 

If you write just one letter this year, please contact Prime Minister Kevin Rudd today to ask that he commit Australia to working for an international consensus to stabilise global temperature rises at 1C in the hopes of saving the Great Barrier Reef, along with other irreplaceable ecosystems.

 

Prime Minister Rudd demonstrated his environmental integrity by signing Australia on to the Kyoto Protocol. Now, please urge him to show his people and the world that Australia is committed to fighting climate change and defending its national treasure.

 

Thank you for making your voice heard on behalf of wildlife and the environment.

 

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Copy the sample text below.

  2. Click to the Prime Minister's online contact form http://www.pm.gov.au/contact/index.cfm and paste in the text you copied.

  3. Edit the text you pasted, using your own words for greater effectiveness; then submit.

  4. Invite your friends and family to take action on this vital issue. 

COPY THIS SAMPLE TEXT TO SEND TO PRIME MINISTER RUDD:

As a citizen who cares about wildlife and the environment, I am writing to ask that you please commit our country to aim to save the Great Barrier Reef by working for an international consensus to stabilise global temperature rises at 1 degree Celsius.

Scientists tell us that increases in sea surface temperatures between 1 and 3 degrees Celsius risk devastation for the Reef, with frequent coral bleaching events and mass mortality of corals.

I understand that you are currently considering aiming for an international consensus to stabilise mean global temperature rises between 2 and 3 degrees Celsius. Even if these targets are achieved, they are unlikely to save coral reefs.

Please give the Great Barrier Reef, one of our most magnificent national treasures, a fighting chance by committing to a more ambitious temperature rise target. You proved your environmental integrity by signing Australia on to the Kyoto Protocol. Now, please stay strong and continue this most important battle on behalf of our people, wildlife and natural resources. Thank you.

 

Signed by:

Here's the link to the Humane Society International website: http://www.hsi.org.au/  go to: action alerts/current