Coal kills coral
WE ARE all in agreement that tourism is the lifeblood of Airlie, but to see different operators arguing about the condition of the coral depending upon their short term financial focus is somewhat disappointing.
Of course there are areas of the reef that have not been damaged by Cyclone Debbie or affected by the coral bleaching, but that does not support the idea that our reef is in good shape.
Our Great Barrier Reef has experienced an unprecedented coral bleaching two years in a row, and this is a phenomenon that has now been recorded all over the world, not restricted to just parts of Australia.
The “canary in the coal mine”, the coral, is dying on a worldwide scale, and it is time to confront it and begin working to protect all our futures.
Seeding parts of the reef is an idea that should be pursued, and setting up such a facility at Shute Harbour would be a way to facilitate this process, with tourist involvement and employment possibilities.
But that won’t stop the rise in sea temperatures, the cause of coral bleaching and tropical cyclones.
Coal kills coral, and burning it is having accumulating, proven impacts on global warming, so it is time to move to renewables as quickly as
❝the I suspect truth is somewhere in the middle so let’s keep it ‘real’ — Wayne Bolitho
That will do the most to protect our coral and create more and cleaner jobs in the long run.
If you don’t believe this, have a look at the Netflix award winning documentary Chasing Coral.
Did anyone notice that the “Alive and Kicking” photo (Whitsunday Times, July 20) appeared to be of pretty bleached coral?
— Jonathan Peter