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Stop Great Barrier Coal

To Fred Hochberg, Chairman of the United States Export-Import Bank:

As citizens from around the world, we call on you to halt the funding of any mining activity in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, including the Alpha Coal port project. The project would drastically increase shipping traffic across the reef and would require damaging dredging of a protected ecosystem. The Great Barrier Reef -- home to the world’s largest collection of coral reefs and a UNESCO world heritage natural wonder -- must be protected for future generations. We urge you to refrain from investing to further its destruction.  

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Australia could let mining magnates build one of the world's largest coal ports on top of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem -- opening access to 8 billion extra tonnes of planet-killing coal and risking the survival of this entire amazing world heritage site.

Activists in Australia are pressuring the government and UNESCO is speaking out, but a bank owned by the US public is key to the project. Global pressure on the US bank now could bring international shame and spotlight environmental issues in the middle of the US election season. If they pull out, the entire crazy plan could be shut down for good.

Let’s up the pressure on the bank’s chairman Fred Hochberg and demand he halt funding for Great Barrier Coal. We have only days to act -- he's in Australia for meetings right now. Click to join the call to save the reef and Avaaz will deliver our voices to Hochberg!

Posted: 15 August  2012

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