My name is Billy and I am a volunteer with the AYCC in Victoria. I first heard about the AYCC through a friend during a discussion we were having about potential volunteer opportunities. She recommended them highly, and with climate change being something I already had an interest in, I was soon signing my first petitions and then expressed an interest to volunteer.
The AYCC has slammed the Queensland Government for putting young people’s future and the future of the Great Barrier Reef at risk from dangerous climate change by pushing forward with the Abbot Point coal port expansion.
“Despite shifting the dump site, the Queensland Government is still attempting to let Adani turn the Great Barrier Reef into a highway for coal ships by opening up the Galilee Basin coal to export, which we know needs to stay in the ground if we are going to avoid the worst impacts of climate change” Dan Spencer senior campaigner with the AYCC said.
“There is no sustainable way to build new coal ports on the Great Barrier Reef, they could dump the dredge spoil on the moon and it still wouldn’t solve the risks of turning the Great Barrier Reef into a coal megaport. It just shouldn’t go ahead”.
The AYCC is calling on the Big Four Australian Banks to rule out investing in the coal port which is yet to reach financial close for the expensive mine, rail and port project expected to cost $16.5 billion.
“The Big Four banks can save the reef by committing to not to invest in the Abbot Point coal port. Australians don’t want to see the reef dredged and young people don’t want to be left with the climate impacts of burning the currently untouched Galilee Basin coal” Mr Spencer said.
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