In the blink of an eye it is the middle of March already. Summer disappearing, the days getting shorter, we sleep with blankets at the ready. Magnificent balmy days still lie in wait. Just when we have changed the covers completely and unpacked the winter wardrobe… hello again Mr 35 Degrees Celcius!
Despite the freak-uency of this freak weather, astonishingly people still deny our climate is changing and changing fast. Instead we continue to pollute, plunder and rape our land without any real or serious plan for a sustainable future.
The effects of climate change are staggeringly obvious in Tropical North Queensland, where I recently had the pleasure of escaping to for a few days. There, we battled gale force winds, serious thunder, rain pelting sheets to set sail for The Low Isles and it’s supposedly magnificent reef. Always a water baby I was first in, last out, of the deep blue as I desperately tried to catch a glimpse of the famous turtles common to this sacred spot. Unfortunately after a brief appearance of one BFG they were nowhere to be seen. The reef too, once magnificent colours, now muted due to coral bleaching and rising sea temperatures. Though still incredibly beautiful and teeming with life I couldn’t help but wonder how long this little haven will last. Flagrantly disregarding the reports of scientists, The Australian Government has approved a coal dredging project that could see the Great Barrier Reef in serious danger, with some forecasts estimating that a third of the reef will be lost within a generation. That my children may not be able to witness this extraordinary marine world, that we are endangering an entire ecosystem is just criminal and beggars belief.
To register your protest visit http://www.savethereef.org.au/