Queensland Labor has pledged $1.73 million to fight carbon emissions from the Great Barrier Reef island resorts while it continues to champion the $16.5 billion Adani coal mine project on the mainland.
The pledge, made on the same day 15,000 scientists warned humanity is facing a climate change catastrophe, would encourage island resorts to make cases for solar, wind and gas generation, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters while campaigning at Green Island off Cairns on Tuesday.
The premier said Labor was doing "everything" to protect the reef, but has refused to budge on her support for the controversial Adani project despite the issue threatening to unseat Deputy Premier Jackie Trad as voters begin to swing towards Greens candidate for South Brisbane Amy MacMahon.
"We need to make sure that we're doing everything we can to address the impacts of climate change but also to protect the Great Barrier Reef," the premier said.
Ms Palaszczuk again took a swipe at One Nation candidate for Ipswich and former senator Malcolm Roberts for controversial comments he made last year that the reef be taken off the World Heritage listing last December.
"You now have Malcolm Roberts, who is standing for One Nation, talking about delisting the Great Barrier Reef from the World Heritage area," the premier said.
"This is just nonsense, and these are the sort of policies that Tim Nicholls needs to deal with."
Tourism minister Kate Jones said the reef is an essential part of the Cairns tourism industry.
"The reef is the lifeblood of the Cairns tourism industry, why on earth One Nation wants to delist the Great Barrier Reef from the World Heritage register when they know how critical it is to jobs," Ms Jones said.
As Ms Palaszczuk and Ms Jones spruiked their party's environmental credentials in the state's far north, one of the region's leading scientists was joined by 15,000 scientists from 180 countries in warning politicians that without immediate climate action it could "be too late" to stop an environmental collapse.
"We are saying that it will soon be too late to shift course if we are going to prevent widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss," James Cook University professor William Laurance told AAP.
"It's not hopeless, we can deal with these things if we take action."
Ms Palaszczuk last week conceded the controversial Carmichael coal mine had divided community opinion.
Opposition leader Tim Nicholls also accused her of sending "mixed signals" to voters when she decided to block a possible $1 billion federal taxpayer loan for the mine she says is vital to the state's economy.