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The Climate War Comes to Australia: The Great Barrier Reef is in Jeopardy





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The last of the world’s greatest eco-treasures, the Great Barrier Reef, is in jeopardy.

For the past five years, I've had the opportunity to attend the Clinton Global Initiative as a filmmaker and a press correspondent. During that time, I have personally seen the tremendous growth of CGI, and the various non-profits, NGO’s, business leaders come together under one umbrella to solve the world’s problems. This year at CGI the attendance was higher than normal with a greater attention on the climate crisis. In light of the global warming, which some today feel is just a myth, the reality is coming home sooner to others in a more radical way. In Australia, one of the most treasured environmental icons, the Great Barrier Reef is under siege.

In 2007, the International Panel on Climate Change predicted that, if nothing is done, by 2020, up to 60% of the Great Barrier Reef would bleach every second year. In response to the climate crisis in Australia, one organization is pulling together the resources to help preserve this great ecological treasure.

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF) was today welcomed as the first Australian not-for-profit into the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Attending the CGI from Australia was Judith Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of the GBRF. Her announcement reinforces the economic and environmental significance of the Great Barrier Reef on a global scale.

“The GBRF commitment was selected specifically as an exemplary approach to addressing challenges in the priority area of the Environment and market based solutions. The benefit of this financing approach is the delivery of substantial, up-front research funding up front to commission this urgent body of research.” Continued...


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