19 thoughts on “The Great Barrier Reef

  1. I can’t believe it. It’s just so reckless and irresponsible. Don’t these fat cat mining magnates give a damn about anything besides money? Oh, wait, don’t answer that, I already know the answer and it boggles my mind. I don’t think I’m some kind of far out hippie for saying this, but what does it do to your soul to have that much money and as a result want to crush anyone or anything in your quest to get more? Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer seems like villains from a Bond movie. Neither of them would look out of place with a monocle and a hairless cat. Yet they’re real people. It is terrifying.

    I’m gonna share it too….

    1. Ah yes Selma – the monocle and hairless cat – haha! I think they have tunnel vision and a completely out of whack focus on ‘success’ and ‘achievement’ which they have defined by making money and ‘progress’ of their companies – a philosophy which has nothing to do with happiness, ethics and sustainability – but you could argue with them till your blue in the face and they wouldn’t change their minds. You can tell my looking at them that they think big is better 😉 but the world is shrinking and is not what it was even 30 years ago. Thanks for sharing Selma xo

    1. It is very upsetting Charles and hard to hold onto any hope when you look around and see so little action from the ‘developed’ world – we have a titantic to turn around and a large iceberg on the horizon (one that is melting) – but thankfully there are plenty of people that do care.

  2. yes you can save the great barrier reef. collective action can do it. we have an ongoing “people-vs-power company” thing going on here with the power magnates proposing to build a “windmill farm” in the ocean along nantucket sound. its so obviously a threat to all marine life as well as completely changing the character of the coastline. they can build their windfarm on the island if they want to i suppose but not in the water. nobody wants it, there has been such a public reaction that we have been able to stall it indefinitely and we will keep going til they give up and go away. but be prepared for an onslaught of defense PR from the magnates. yore gonna hafta run to keep up with it, but stay on top of it. get a machine going.

    1. Thanks tipota – that’s great to hear you are having some success in stopping the floating windfarm. These large corporations have so much money at their disposal for ‘propaganda’ it’s scary.

  3. Thanks for posting that on your website, I have sent it to as many people I can. I hope they all keep the ball rolling, this seems the only way we can make people aware of what could happen, I say ‘could’ because I hope we will be able to stop it before it does happen. We nearly had a disaster on the reef with another oil tanker the other day!

    1. I know – scary stuff an out of control oil tanker! I’ve seen the big ships out in the Coral Sea and it amazes me that they can negotiate the coral at all. Thanks Dawn for spreading the word – you’re a champion 🙂

  4. Greed and total disregard for the environment seems to triumph over those who appreciate and nominate World Heritage Sites every time. It is truly horrifying.

    1. It is horrifying. I went for a botanic walk one day with a group of people in the nearby National Park headed by a biologist, and he said that it takes a brave person to set up these areas of safety for nature and that is so true because many of the corporations are so huge, powerful and apparently without an ounce of foresight or ethics.

      1. Gabrielle, a quarter of Nature Refuges in Qld ( ~100 out of 400) have Exploration Permits or Mining Leases…National Parks aren’t enough to protect our dwindling biodiversity. It’s an ecocide what’s happening to the so called ‘protected areas’ in Australia.

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