WWF SELLS OUT ON REEF AT UNESCO MEETING
Today’s Courier Mail carried a brief article headed ” Greenies Back Reef Rescue” detailing the fact that WWF will join forces with the Federal Government to ensure the Reef is NOT LISTED AS IN DANGER.
Apparently WWF’s CEO will address the World Heritage Committee before it votes next week at the Bonn meeting.
This is no surprise to the Blog. After all the posturing and press releases indicating WWF offices around the world were ” fighting for the Reef”, we now have a sell out. According to the article,
” neither Environment Minister Greg Hunt, Queensland Environment Minister Steven Miles nor WWF believe the Reef will be listed in danger.” Right. So now we have a cosy threesome all ignoring
climate change impacts, underwater noise, marine pollution, serious weakening of already weak environmental laws, the looming Trans Pacific Partnership which will allow corporations to rule and to sue
governments when any environmental policy is in the way of development. And more.. ” if it were, (listed as In Danger ) it would be expected to affect the $5.7 billion a year tourist industry.”
CRAP! An In Danger listing is the only way the Reef will be protected from the resource industry. In designating an In Danger status, so many threats from mining, infrastructure, shipping, dredging
and more would be put on hold thus ensuring the tourist industry would thrive as the health of the Reef improved.
The Australian government delegation will consist of at least 20 people. The largest to attend a World Heritage meeting. Given that WWF is a very major funder of the IUCN, the International Union for the Conservation of
Nature which holds an extraordinary position of power in advising the World Heritage Secretariat, the sell out by WWF could be predicted. This is how big business behaves.