Qantas pledges $10m towards conservation of Great Barrier Reef

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Qantas has pledged $10 million to supporting the Great Barrier Reef’s sustainability over the long term in partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

The funds will be used for a program which grows infant coral and other restorative measures.

Great Barrier Reef Foundation managing director Anna Marsdensaid said reefs must be helped to “safeguard their future from the impacts of climate change”.

“Coral reefs are the beating heart of our oceans,” she said. “They’re a nursery and safe haven for a quarter of all marine life and support a billion people.

“The Great Barrier Reef, and coral reefs around Australia and the world, cannot adapt fast enough to warming ocean temperatures.”

The latest pledge to help protect the reef was a key part of the airline’s new Nature Action Plan, according to Qantas Group chief sustainability officer Andrew Parker.

“Connecting our customers with natural landscapes is at the core of what we do, including carrying millions of people to the reef each year,” Parker said.

“We know that aviation is a high emissions industry, which is why we were one of the first airlines globally to commit to net-zero emissions by 2050.

“We want to take the same leadership in addressing our impact on nature so that future generations can enjoy all the opportunities that travel offers for years to come.”