Flume records track for Greenpeace to fight for Great Barrier Reef

Press release - 17 December, 2017
SYDNEY, December 18, 2017 - Grammy award-winning artist Flume has composed a unique track for Greenpeace Australia Pacific to highlight the perilous state of the Great Barrier Reef, released today as the soundtrack to a Flume x Greenpeace music video.

Flume sees the threat climate change poses to the Reef and is using his profile to encourage action tackling the climate-wrecking coal industry.

“The Reef is an Australian icon, and its health plays a vital economic role underpinning North Queensland’s tourism industry. But climate change fueled by coal and other fossil fuel emissions poses a critical risk to the Reef,” Greenpeace Australia Pacific Campaigner Charlotte Cox said.

“Coal-addicted governments are being reckless with a natural wonder that so much unique marine life calls home. Malcolm Turnbull should be protecting the Reef by banning fossil fuel subsidies, announcing a rapid phase out of coal and putting renewables at the centre of his government’s energy policy.”

“Working with artists such as Flume is just one of the ways that we can highlight the precarious future facing our Great Barrier Reef.”

Severe coral bleaching caused by climate change has already devastated up to two thirds of the Reef’s corals. Ocean acidification caused by the vast amounts of CO2 absorbed into the Reef’s waters is also making it more difficult for coral to grow.

The Reef is home to more than 1500 species of fish, 30 species of whales and dolphins, and 133 species of sharks and rays. Some of these amazing creatures are unique to the Reef, and if its ecosystems are damaged further the species that call it home face an uncertain future.

The unabated mining and burning of fossil fuels is the Reef’s greatest threat. North Queensland already hosts a number of huge coal mines, and every tonne of coal dug up warms the climate, damages the Reef, and harms the health of local communities. An already dire situation will be severely exacerbated if Adani Group’s proposed Carmichael coal mine goes ahead, with a million tonnes of coal a year shipping out through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.  

“The Reef has already been devastated by back-to-back coral bleaching events, and its recovery hangs in the balance,” Cox said.

“Parts of our Great Barrier Reef can still be preserved for future generations, but we need to act now. Australians everywhere have too much to lose to allow fossil fuel business-as-usual to continue.”

 

Watch the Flume x Greenpeace video here:

 

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