A global construction firm wants to build a massive coal port right next to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef -- putting this precious international treasure at grave risk.
It’s hard to believe anyone would do this -- but Lend Lease says they want to. The company is already under huge pressure in Australia, where SumOfUs members and others are speaking out. But Lend Lease just isn’t listening.
To get the CEO’s attention, we need to make this an issue around the world. The company is expanding internationally -- and we need to tell them that building a coal port on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef is simply unacceptable.
Tell Lend Lease: withdraw your proposal now and protect the Great Barrier Reef.
If it happens, the project would dredge and dump 13 million tons of the seabed in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park area. That’s why we’re working hard to stop it. In Australia, over 20,000 SumOfUs members have already spoken out, and they delivered their message at the company’s Annual General Meeting in Sydney. Together with our friends at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, they met with senior management at Lend Lease to demand they cancel their proposal. But the company still hasn’t acted.
Lend Lease is making a huge mistake pursuing this damaging project. The company has built a reputation on its sustainability credentials claiming that sustainability defines the way it does business. In 2010 it was even named ‘Most Sustainable Company of the Decade’ by the Australian Ethical Investor. Pursuing this catastrophic project just doesn’t add up for Lend Lease or for Australians.
The Great Barrier Reef supports a $6.4 billion dollar tourism industry and employs over 64,000 Australians. Dredging this UNESCO World Heritage site to make way for coal exports just isn’t acceptable -- and Lend Lease needs to scrap its plans.
Please take a moment to sign the urgent petition to demand that Lend Lease stops this disastrous proposal.