Activists to Deliver Over 140k Signatures to Lend Lease’s UK Offices
LONDON — On Friday, January 24th, activists from SumOfUs.org, a global corporate advocacy movement, will join members of the UK Youth Climate Coalition to deliver a petition to Lend Lease’s UK headquarters, demanding the company withdraw plans to dredge Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to build a coal export facility. The proposal by Lend Lease has drawn outrage around the world, with more than 140,000 people signed onto a petition opposing the plan.
WHO/WHAT: Activists from the UK Youth Climate Coalition, joined by students from University College London, which is located nearby, who have been campaigning for their university to break its ties to the fossil fuel industry to deliver a petition and letter signed by over 140,000 people.
WHEN: Friday, 24 January 2014. 12:15pm.
WHERE: Lend Lease Regent Square Offices’ – 20 Triton St, London NW1 3BF, UK
In the original proposal, Lend Lease planned to dredge and dump 13 million tons of the seabed in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park area – a site that supports a $6.4 billion tourism industry and employs more than 64,000 Australians.
More than 20,000 SumOfUs members in Australia –joined by over 125,000 more around the world — have demanded the company terminate the project. The threat to the Great Barrier Reef inspired UNESCO to call on Australia to take serious action or risk having the World Heritage site added to their “in danger” list. Activists will also deliver a letter to Daniel Labbad, Group Chief Operating Officer for Lend Lease on the plan.
VIEW THE LETTER HERE: www.tinyurl.com/reefpetitionletter
VIEW THE PETITION HERE: action.sumofus.org/a/barrier-reef-lendlease/?sub=pr
“The Great Barrier Reef is an international treasure, beloved by hundreds of millions of people and integral to our ecosystems,” said Paul Ferris, campaigner for SumOfUs.org ahead of the petition delivery. “Climate change has already caused temperatures in Australia to spike, breaking records every day. Coal-fired power plants are one of the primary drivers of these catastrophic changes. By withdrawing this project, Lend Lease, which bills itself as an ethically and environmentally responsible corporation, would not only save the Great Barrier Reef from imminent destruction, but also take important steps to building a more sustainable future that does not depend on dirty fossil fuels.