Photographer's Note

I've been shedding lots of tears in the last few weeks. Gaza. Flight MH17. Ukraine. The "disappearing" of 157 Tamils who came to Australia to seek asylum. The wanton destruction of our environment by my own and other governments.

In recent months, our neo-conservative government has sought to de-list the Great Barrier Reef from UNESCO World Heritage Listing. It failed due to a massive protest from people all over the World.

Despite UNESCO's ruling, this morning, our supposed Environment Minister Greg Hunt announced the decision to approve the Carmichael Coal Mine in the Galilee Basin, Queensland. Apart from the effects of coal dust and the run-off from the water table, the mining company plan on dumping 5 million cubic tonnes of spoil directly onto the Great Barrier Reef.

The Carmichael Coal Mine, owned by Indian company Adani, will be the largest coal mine in the world. All environmental studies - including government studies - and scientific experts have unanimously agreed that the creation of a coal mine this size in this location will inevitably destroy our greatest treasure, the Great Barrier Reef.

Of course the Reef is our jewel, but it is also the largest living thing on the planet and is home to the largest most varied ecosystem in the world.

I'm sorry world, Australia has failed you.

This photo is of Saxon Reef, taken from a helicopter at 1000 metres.

Adani had this video clip deleted from Youtube, but here it is again: The Destruction of Our Reef

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Lisa DP (delpeoples) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5631 W: 351 N: 12427] (60236)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-04-00
  • Categories: Nature
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-07-27 22:47
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