GetUp!’s 2016 election campaign has claimed a big win. An online petition to save the Great Barrier Reef, started by 11-year-old Sophia on GetUp!’s citizen-led site CommunityRun, received public acknowledgement from its target: international celebrity Ellen DeGeneres.
GetUp! claimed Ellen’s announcement as a win for its five-year campaign to stop dredging and new coal mines near the Reef.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt subsequently sent a series of tweets to Ellen claiming the government was working hard to protect the reef. And the Coalition has committed to a A$1 billion fund to invest in projects that will improve water quality, reduce emissions and provide clean energy in the reef catchment region.