Male Sea LionThe M/Y Steve Irwin in Laguna Bay this morning on Operation Reef Defence (Photo Credit: Jax Oliver / 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 liveable climate for our children.

Sea Shepherd’s flagship, the M/Y Steve Irwin, is travelling up the east coast of Australia to Abbot Point, with a dozen stops to acknowledge and engage the great work of the Australian communities standing strong for the Reef.

Today, the M/Y Steve Irwin and crew arrived into Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, to a wonderful beach welcoming, riding on a wave of community support from Melbourne, Sydney, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay, Gold Coast and Brisbane in defence of the Reef. 

Jeff Hansen, Managing Director of Sea Shepherd states: "The people of Noosa get it. They are connected to the beauty of their coast, a connection that heals and sustains them. However, an Australian icon, the largest living thing on earth, our Great Barrier Reef, is in desperate need of healing, and the Noosa community is rallying to protect it. They will not lie down without a fight for our Australian icon in opposing the Adani coal mine.

“Sea Shepherd is proud to stand strong with the wonderful Noosa residents in defence of our Great Barrier Reef and a liveable climate for our children. The message is crystal clear, Australia will not trade the Great Barrier Reef for one of the world’s biggest proposed destructive coal mines," Jeff continued. 

"Australians are waking up to Adani’s lies; false promises of jobs that jump from 10,000 down to 1,400, that put at risk 65,000 direct and indirect Australian jobs our Great Barrier 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 said.  

Barbara Cornelius, of Stop Adani Sunshine Coast, said: “There is nothing about the Adani mine that is right. 57% of Qld has been declared in drought and yet our government will put the precious water resources of the Artesian water basin in the hands of a known environmental polluter. 

The Great Barrier Reef cannot survive the Adani coal mine.  The potential for pollution is undeniable and inevitable.  The global warming created due to the burning of the coal ripped from our land will increase climate warming which warms the ocean which kills the reef. Tens of thousands of jobs will be at risk if this mine goes ahead.  That is the reality of the so called job creation by this mine. Job creation is in the transition to the future of renewables.” 

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