Will they ever learn?
INTERESTING isn’t it? The Queensland and Federal governments are promoting another billion dollar coal mine in Queensland’s delicate outback country at the cost of ground and water contamination, stupidity and ignorance it seems. And spruiking it will bring 10,000 jobs to Queensland (though other estimates are maybe 1500 jobs). It would seem they never learnt any basic science or maths at early secondary school. It is a fact the Great Barrier Reef is being degraded by the carbon byproduct of coal and other human follies. So with some short-term profit agenda and maybe a job after politics, and scrambled science and maths, they wish to open another gigantic coal mine to continue the catastrophe on the reef. The reef that underpins a tourism industry and its tens of thousands of jobs generating around $30 billion in the region. No-one is going to visit a dead coral reef as it wipes out the seafood industry as well with thousands more jobs. The Great Barrier Reef is the nursery, breeding gardens of marine life on the east coast of Australia – affecting world seafood supplies. Vegetation on land and sea also gives us the air we breathe and takes in as food the carbon released from the ground via coal and burning off practices. Queenslanders say we can grow crops because of high rainfalls in tropical rainforest areas. But bulldoze the rainforests and the rainfall declines as it is the forest that manufactures the high rainfall, plus provides a carbon sink and fresh air for us all. Duh. Humans do not own the land; we are its caretakers only. Any idiot who can add up and is armed with even modest high school science and maths knowledge would know that. We should provide the dunce’s cap for the impatient, self-interested money makers and stand them in the corner – it’s sad and criminal. It is time in Australia, on behalf of future generations, to take Canberra and greedy big business to court for denying the young their future. Brian A Carter, Echuca