This week's task

Email Mackay's mayor about climate change

Email Mackay Mayor, Greg Williamson, with your concerns about the Great Barrier Reef bleaching. Tell the mayor our council must show leadership on climate change by highlighting the damage it is doing to the reef.

Please be polite and use your own words to write the email.

Key points

  • The Great Barrier Reef has suffered from three significant mass bleaching events since 2016
  • Coral bleaching is linked to climate change which is cause by carbon-dioxide pollution in the atmosphere
  • The coral bleaching in 2020 was the most widespread ever
  • Reefs off Mackay's coast bleached for the first time during 2020
  • The Great Barrier Reef supports 64,000 jobs
  • In order for our region's economy to recover we need a healthy Great Barrier Reef that will attract tourists from Australia and overseas
  • We can't continue burning coal and protect the Reef from climate change

Tell the mayor that Mackay Regional Council should

  • prepare a plan for a zero net emissions economy by 2050
  • plan for a transition away from thermal coal mining

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