The Australian Youth Climate Coalition

Save the Reef

Save the Reef

We’re in a race to save the Reef and protect our future

The Issue

A huge expansion of Australia’s coal ports is being planned for the Great Barrier Reef, and if these six huge new ports go ahead they won’t just destroy the Reef - it will be game over for the climate.

These new coal ports can’t go ahead unless they get approval from our politicians. If we can bring together thousands of people across the country, we can make sure the key players make the right choice for our future.

The Campaign

Since Climate Game Change launched in February of 2013, young people have been taking action across Australia to protect our Reef and the climate from the proposals to hugely expand our coal exports. Here are a few of the highlights: 

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    Building our movement

    In late February, more than 3,000 university students pledged a total of 155,000 hours to change the game on climate this year.
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    Day of Action

    1,000 young people came together in capital cities around Australia at the beginning of May to call on our politicians to save the Reef and protect our climate.
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    Supporting local communities

    Meet Ginny - a tourism operator and campaigner from Keppel Bay, where two proposals for coal ports are threatening her community. In May, 20 young people travelled to Keppel Bay to help Ginny and the local group there run a community survey about three new ports being proposed for the beautiful untouched Keppel Bay. We surveyed 1000 community members, and 70% of respondents said they don't support the proposed ports.
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    Talking to the decision-makers

    We’ve taken our message to Ministers, Shadow Ministers, and MPs from all the major political parties. Now it’s time for them to hear directly from you and the thousands of Australians who care about this issue.

Lend Lease

As we know, a huge expansion of Australia's coal ports is being planned for the Great Barrier Reef, and if these six huge new ports go ahead they won't just destroy the Reef - it will be game over for the climate. 

Right now as approvals go through for these development, companies are looking to invest and start construction. We have an opportunity to stop them, and get them to reconsider their investment. 

Lend Lease is one of those companies, and they have recently expressed interest in funding the development of the AP-X coal terminal at Abbot Point. 

We're really concerned about this, as if it goes ahead, the AP-X terminal would significantly damage the Great Barrier Reef, and fuel dangerous climate change. 

Along with our concern, the community is concerned too, and with 36 other community organisations we have written an Open Letter to Lend Lease and will be delivering it over the next month. See the letter here.

More information

There are currently proposals on the table to build a staggering six new coal ports in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. These ports would:

  • Unlock coal from the Galilee Basin for export - which represents 7% of the world’s total carbon budget
  • Result in huge damage to the Great Barrier Reef through dredging
  • Greatly increase ship traffic through the Great Barrier Reef, causing further destruction
  • Put the health of local communities at risk from coal dust

Here’s where they’re being proposed:


For more information, click here to download Greenpeace’s report “Cooking the Climate, Wrecking the Reef