Coral Sea success
- By Richard Branson -
- Jun 22, 2012
The OceanElders and many others have been working hard at Rio+20 to make sure our leaders introduce laws to protect the oceans. One such example is the new campaign to save the Arctic.
Another is our efforts to help protect the Coral Sea. We (with many others) lobbied the Prime Minister of Australia to protect the Sea and conserve its incredible marine life that is found nowhere else in the world.
Australia has now committed to creating the world’s largest system of marine protected areas in its waters. This will include a fully protected no-take marine reserve in the Coral Sea, as well as protections in its southwest, north and northwest regions covering almost 800,000 square kilometres of ocean.
It is important to celebrate successes when they happen, and great news that an OceanElders campaign has resulted in something so positive.
Working with environmental groups such as the Pew Environment Group to pull off this massive marine reserve really is wonderful. Many thanks to the Australian Government for listening and acting. This could well be their greatest legacy. Now may more Governments follow suit.
By Richard Branson. Founder of Virgin Group