I'm Declaring The Reef In Danger

Our open letter I'm Declaring the Reef in Danger, gained 54,804 signatures.

It contributed to the Great Barrier Reef having an international spotlight shed on its chronic decline in health and its highly controversial, potential listing as 'World Heritage in Danger'. Thank you a million times over to everyone who supported.

See our Reef Ambassadors and read our Open Letter below:

Our open letter:

June 16th, 2015

Attn: Professor Dr Maria Böhmer, Chairperson, World Heritage Committee, UNESCO & Minister of State
Federal Foreign Office, The Bundestag, Germany


Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO

Ms. Inger Andersen, Director General, IUCN

H.E. Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani (immediate past chairperson)

Re: The Great Barrier Reef is in great danger

Dear Professor Böhmer,

We are women of Australia and the world making this appeal directly to you, the three women heads of the World Heritage Committee and its expert advisers, UNESCO and the IUCN, currently considering the Great Barrier Reef for declaration as 'World Heritage in Danger'.

Although we wish it were otherwise, we are urging the World Heritage Committee to list the reef as 'in Danger' to stop further irreversible damage and to protect it for generations to come.

The reef's plight is unbearably sad. Its story is the story of climate change:

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Outlook Report 2014 warned that: 'Climate change remains the most serious threat to the Great Barrier Reef. It is already affecting the Reef and is likely to have far-reaching consequences in the decades to come. Sea temperatures are on the rise and this trend is expected to continue, leading to an increased risk of mass coral bleaching; gradual ocean acidification will increasingly restrict coral growth and survival; and there are likely to be more intense weather events.'

In this open letter we are urging the World Heritage Committee to:

Yours truly,

On behalf of 1 Million Women

Natalie Isaacs and Tara Hunt

On behalf of 1 Million Women and the 54,804 signatories to the letter.

See our original letter and the full signatory list here
See the letter from Maria Bohmer, Chairperson of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee here
See the letter from Kishore Rao, Director of the World Heritage Centre here
See the letter from Sheikha Al-Mayassa, past Chairperson of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee here
See the letter from Dr. Bodo Linscheidt on behalf of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel here
See our campaign home page here

Photo courtesy of Al Mackinnon.