Coal kills co­ral

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

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

pos­si­ble.

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

Air­lie Beach

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