Tony fronts Bris­bane for cli­mate ac­tion

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Lo­cal Marine Ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee chair­per­son Tony Fontes has re­turned from Bris­bane where he was an of­fi­cial speaker at the Cli­mate Ac­tion Sum­mit held at the Queens­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy from Septem­ber 19-21.

The sum­mit co­in­cided with a na­tion­wide cli­mate ac­tion march where more than 2000 peo­ple at­tended Bris­bane’s rally against cli­mate change.

Mr Fontes ad­dressed au­di­ences at the sum­mit and march.

Hav­ing re­cently com­pleted cli­mate re­al­ity lead­er­ship train­ing with Al Gore, Mr Fontes pre­sented speeches on the im- pacts the cli­mate has on the Great Bar­rier Reef.

Mr Fontes de­scribed the week­end as in­spir­ing and said he en­joyed talk­ing to like-minded peo­ple at the march and ed­u­cat­ing oth­ers at the sum­mit.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Fontes’ speech, the reef has lost 50 per cent of its co­ral cover in the past 27 years pri­mar­ily due to poor wa­ter qual­ity, se­vere weather events and co­ral bleach­ing.

He dis­cussed how the reef had got to this point, high­light­ing times of abuse and degra­da­tion then fo­cussed on the cur­rent sci­ence of cli­mate change and its im­pli­ca­tions at global and lo­cal lev­els.

Mr Fontes said so­lu­tions would bet­ter the reef’s cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.

“We need to change the evil ways now be­cause there is no to­mor­row – we need to move as soon as pos­si­ble,” he said.

Mr Fontes will next be speak­ing at Reef Hour to­day (Oc­to­ber 9) at the Hamil­ton Is­land Yacht Club.

“Ob­vi­ously we need to ship to the big­ger pic­ture about the im­pacts of cli­mate change on the reef but keep fo­cus­ing on our lo­cal im­pact be­cause they are the things we can fix now with­out the rest the world,” he said.

PRO­TECT THE REEF: Lo­cal div­ing in­struc­tor Tony Fontes (in the front row with the red cap) leads the way in a cli­mate ac­tion march in Bris­bane.

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