The Australian Government is attempting to de-list two of our national treasures from UNESCO World Heritage Listing. The first is 74,000 square hectares of Tasmanian old-growth forest. The second is our shining jewel, the Great Barrier Reef. UNESCO makes its decision this week.
I have never done this before, but am asking those of you who are concerned by this to visit this site, and sign the petition to save our natural treasures:
Greenpeace Australia Pacific Save The Reef
Victor Hugo once chillingly wrote of us humans:
"Nothing makes him hesitate; no bulk, no obstruction, no consideration of splendid material, no majesty of nature. If the immensities of nature are within his reach he batters them down. This side of God which can be ruined, tempts him; and he undertakes to assault immensity, carrying his hammer in his hand. The future will, perhaps witness the demolition of the Alps...The child breaking his plaything seems to be seeking its soul. Man seems to be looking for the soul of the earth".
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tyro (20490) 2014-06-16 8:32
Ciao cara Lisa,
A very interesting and also heartfelt note you have written here. Now, I did follow your link and attempted to sign the petition but, unfortunately, a field came up with only blank spaces and no indication about what to do next. Perhaps there's something in my browser preventing the page opening up properly, I'm not sure. I shall try again later.
This is a magnificent photograph with fabulous rich and vibrant colours and lovely lighting. The details and sharpness are superb too, considering that this was taken underwater and with a small compact camera. Did you use flash or was this purely natural light from above? And at what depth were you here?
P.S. I shall try to sign that petition again and, of course, I cannot resist adding points for this beautiful picture.
baba_flies (8829) 2014-06-16 9:20
Ciao dear Lisa! But how can this be that places get to the UNESCO World Heritage Listing and with the next Government change they can de-list it how ever they want it, what is the use of such listings at all? Okay I am being naïve, don't laugh at me. Oh boy, I feel with you, this would drive me up the walls as well and as it is WORLD HERITAGE, well here we go, it is ours, it belongs to this world. We had the chance to be in the listing too with a mountain chain I look at from my cottage window. They did not want it because it would have limited them with new building activities. All business. Scary. Hugs from Switzerland, Barbara xxx
Didi (56909) 2014-06-16 9:45
Very nice underxater picture and very good sharp quality of the large version
COSTANTINO (55564) 2014-06-16 9:48
Hello my dear friend
thanks for sharing with us your message
from Greenpeace Australia Pasific Save the Reef
beautiful and interesting notes
concenring this magnificent picture
you mention no points but this
shot is breathtaking and perfectly executed
for this reason I will give you
have a nice time
photoray (12207) 2014-06-16 10:22
Excellent view of the Parrotfish gliding across the picturesque coral, in fine resolution especially considering an underwater view.
I have been reading about the degradation to the Great Barrer Reef by human environmental destructive causes, and poaching of the fish and coral. Last year in a Sierra Club article, they recommended visiting now because at the rate of destruction the reef will be destroyed soon.
And I will check out the Greenpeace petition. They along with the Sierra Club are very active in the U.S.
If the UNESCO experts delist the Reef then it is obvious that they too are being bought by the Rich & Greedy. Sounds like it is time for your People to vote out the politicans who are giving away your valuable natural heritages.
JOHN MUIR -
"Man must be made conscious of his origin as a child of Nature. Brought into right relationship with the wilderness he would see that he was not a separate entity endowed with a divine right to subdue his fellow creatures and destroy the common heritage, but rather an integral part of a harmonious whole. He would see that his appropriation of earth's resources beyond his personal needs would only bring imbalance and beget ultimate loss and poverty for all."
Best wishes for success against the Rich & Greedy,
Noel_Byrne (24315) 2014-06-16 11:28
Half the world is trying to get this kind of UNESCO listing while those who have it don't want it. It boggles the mind at the idiocy in the world.
Its a beautiful shot Lisa, and a passionate note. To be honest, there is little I can add to a note and image like this but my thanks for sharing, and I will sit here and admire this beauty for a few moments.
Thanks for a beautiful image, and a critically important comment.
Best from Ireland
emka (78980) 2014-06-16 16:02
Ciao cara Lisa, I will try to sign the patition. How it is possible that the Government wants to destroy the treasure of humanity, not only Australian. Why should nature loose the battle with big money?
I understand your strong feeling in this fight for preserving the reef and forests. Marvelous photo of the underwater world. One cannot be neutral seing this beauty.
WArm regrads Malgo
macjake (56632) 2014-06-16 21:06
well, what can I say about this subject.
Its hard to believe the amount of stupidity out there in the world - especially with its supposedly our leaders in government!
how do these people sleep at night? do their family members just let this happen? don't their family members question them at all? Maybe they don't because they will benefit financially as well.
I'll sign that petition asap.
great shot, shows the beauty, shows the reasons why to protect this natural wonder.
jjcordier (76400) 2014-06-16 23:45
Cette Grande Barrière est magnifique et mérite bien tous les efforts que vous faites pour elle. Belle photo.
mkamionka (30628) 2014-06-17 1:30
wow this is really impressive. Wonderful presentation of the reef. I fully subscribe under what you have said. The beauty like this should be protected from us people.
timecapturer (48834) 2014-06-17 4:37
looks amazing, only an idiot politician could seriously consider endangering this unique and beautiful Earth treasure. What is happening in this world of ours, it is a disgraceful state of affairs and should be a criminal offence to put our children's legacies in peril.
I tried to sign the petition Lisa but it said my e-mail address had already been used - weird! And I though my name was uncommon. Will try using my website e-mail address.
mirosu (13866) 2014-06-17 4:59
Splendid underwater photo, superb colors and clarity. Excellent arrangement with nicely colored fish, superb coral details.
Very well done.
sabermonajati (9549) 2014-06-17 5:15
you captured wonderful frame from world under water.
Sergiom (60142) 2014-06-17 6:03
I like the picture and I also signed the petition.I realy don't like the Canadian Conservative Government and I suppose that you feel the same with yours.
Yhe picture is still remarquable.
Have a nice day
SnapRJW (31183) 2014-06-17 7:39
Hi Lisa - There was a piece on the news this lunchtime about the issues surrounding the GBR. I suddenly remembered that I hadn't comment on your shot.
What a can I say? ....... MADNESS.
A beautiful shot of a world I have yet to see and neither have my grandchildren or their grandchildren or theirs..........
Will they even have a chance?
ourania (31117) 2014-06-17 9:06
I like very much pictures of this kind, yours is just a close glimpse of the Great Barrier Reef but it's very beautiful with its particular textures and colours and a daily life that should not be spoilt, threatened or destroyed by human activities. You know, they want to destroy, dissolve or extinguish the lethal chemical weapons of Syria near Crete. We are very upset and worried about that, they have classified the operation so that they avoid giving information and explanations to the people. It's absolutely absurd as is the murder planned at the Reef. And it's not even due to the hubris described by Hugo, the motives and attitudes are much pettier and more appalling. I hope that sanity and healthy choices prevail in this critical era. Congratulations and thank you for your efforts and inspiration, all the best!
lousat (76964) 2014-06-17 9:13
Ciao Lisa,ho cercato di sottoscrivere la petizione ma la risposta è stata che la mia mail è gia' stata utilizzata,qualcuno me l'ha fregata! Pazienza,speriamo che il governo cambi idea al piu' presto,questo paradiso deve essere conservato al meglio.Complimenti per la foto,semplicemente stupenda!! Buona serata,Luciano
carlo62 (32881) 2014-06-17 14:25
ho tre indirizzi mail, ma nessuno dei tre viene riconosciuto, anzi, come dice Luciano, sembra che siano già stati utilizzati, la cosa mi sembra molto strana. Se conosci qualcuno, fai controllare la petizione, o non funziona, oppure è stata danneggiata.
Grazie comunque per il tuo impegno e speriamo che tra qualche tempo si possa trattare sono di un brutto ricordo.
Sonata11 (33251) 2014-06-17 20:05
very beautiful composition the reef. This should be protected all the way, no questions about that. I wish to help some how Lisa. Nicely done it and perfect light management with great colors, sharpness, clarity.
Well done and have a great day, Barbara
ikeharel (57256) 2014-06-18 9:11
Fantastic underwater photo, Lisa - deserve all the points possible, but I respect your request for "no-point" posts.
The clarity and colors, light bellow sea-surface and the blue fish came along, culminate to a wonderful scene.
jcpix (13662) 2014-06-18 17:35
Gidday dear ADB,
Wow, where to begin...what a travesty that the thought would even be considered, let alone any action! One of the great Wonders of the World, and who in their right mind would have the notion to keep it from being protected? Absurd!
Your picture is proof enough of the living, breathing embodiment of the cause. Even from afar, this is truly a marvel which I would surely wish to have around for generations to come, that we may all learn and appreciate natures majesty. I'll be signing the petition as well. I can't help it, I'm still going to give this a "smiley." Have a good one. Take care.
Cheers from the top side,
Tough World Cup for the Socceroos. :(
ManishaJain (291) 2014-06-20 9:27
An Awesome pic it is. Beautiful colours, contrast , sharpness and POV
Gigidusud (15891) 2014-06-20 14:15
Prima di commentare la tua bellissima foto, ho sottoscritto la petizione del forum ! Spero che il tuo impegno sarà ricompensato. Gli uomini distruggono ogni giorno un po 'di più la pianeta, questo è un disastro.
Rispetto la tua foto mi dispiace di non votarla, un vero peccato perche è davvero splendida, ma è la tua scelta...
Un grosso abbraccio.
CLODO (30256) 2014-06-21 1:56
I follow our requirement not to add points to the picture, but I regret not to give you a green smiley!
How can humankind destroy this stunning underwater world?
by the way, I like very much its colors, and the blue fish trying to hide beneath it.
Just a grammar remark: as you ask for NO point (its not a plural!!), you should remove the S to your title writing! :)