Male Sea Lion1) Onshore Sea Shepherd volunteer Rachel Clemens 2) M/Y Steve Irwin Captain Mal Holland
3) Operation Reef Defence Campaign Coordinator Scott Wallace
4) Sea Shepherd Australia Managing Director Jeff Hansen 5) Musician Xavier Rudd 6) Muscian Nick Humblet
7) Onhore Sea Shepherd volunteer Rennae Miers 8) Lisa Origliasso of The Veronicas 9) Entertainer & MC Jo Beth Taylor
10) Jessica Origliasso of The Veronicas (Photo Credit: Tara Lambourne / Sea Shepherd).

Sea Shepherd is part of the Stop Adani Alliance that represent almost 40 organisations and millions of Australians calling for an end to the Adani Carmichael coal mine, in defence of the Great Barrier Reef and live able climate for our children. Sea Shepherd’s flagship the M/Y Steve Irwin is travelling up the east coast of Australia to Abbott Point, with a dozen stops to acknowledge and engage the great work of the Australian communities standing strong for the Reef.

The M/Y Steve Irwin vessel and crew arrived into Portside Wharf, Hamilton to massive welcoming yesterday, riding on a wave of community support from Melbourne, Sydney, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay, and the Gold Coast in defence of the reef.

Presenter, Actor and Singer, Jo Beth Taylor, stated: “I feel at one with the ocean and its creatures. It’s been a permanent fixture in my life and I’m passionate about protecting it and that’s why I stand beside Sea Shepherd in all areas of ocean conservation.

"To me, I find it sickening to think the Australian government would support the Adani syndicate in its endeavours to build a coal mine on the door step of our Great Barrier Reef. Not only is it an Australian icon, but also one of the natural wonders of the world. This is insanity! We need to look into sustainable energy so that future generations can enjoy a cleaner environment. To me it’s a no brainer."

Brett Lewis, Queensland University of Technology, Reef Scientist stated: “Activism is a important form of communication... but informed science based activism can be a powerful means of social and political change. Sea Shepherd has always been strong voice for environments and communities, making it a fantastic platform for information and inspiration to reach a broader community.

"Climate change is the single largest threat facing the world’s coral reefs, and if yet another pointless internationally owned coalmine where to begin supplying more fossil fuels to be burnt offshore, we may end up losing Australia's greatest icon and a 59 billion dollar a year commodity. To create real change we need to amplify sciences impact and this campaign gives us a chance to do just that."

Musician, Xavier Rudd stated: "The destruction of the Great Barrier Reef is one of our modern world’s greatest disasters and the fact that our government isn’t doing everything in their power to preserve it is an atrocity. We have seen what the power of everyday people united and fighting for environment can achieve in the Kimberley, recently in the Great Australian Bight and many other places around our beautiful country.

"Please get behind Sea Shepherd on their Reef Defence campaign and let’s fight for one of our world’s greatest wonders. It’s now or never on this one and I’m proud to have sailed with the crew of the Steve Irwin here to give thanks and support for all they do for our oceans.“

Musician and actress, Jessica Origliasso (The Veronicas) stated: "The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most beautiful wonders of the world. People travel from all over the world just to experience its unique beauty, and the thousands of different species that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef. It is also an integral part of our oceans eco-system, and an essential icon of Australian tourism. It should not be even a thought to put an Australian legacy at risk of further degradation with the building of this massive Adani coal mine.”

Jeff Hansen, Managing Director, Sea Shepherd Australia stated: “Sea Shepherd is proud to stand strong with the community of Brisbane, and a selfless star studded line up in defence of our Australian Icon, the Great Barrier Reef and a live able climate for our children. The message is crystal clear, Australia will not trade the Great Barrier Reef for a destructive climate catastrophe coal mine, that directly puts at risk 65,000 Australian jobs that the reef supports.

"The opposition to the Adani coal mine is only growing, with the Australian public choosing coral over coal, its time the Australian Government reflected the will of the people of Australian and revoke Adani’s approval," Jeff concluded. 

Learn more and Take Action to Stop Adani here: www.seashepherd.org.au/reefdefence

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