‘Do we really care so little about the earth on which we live
that we don’t want to protect one of the world’s greatest wonders
from the consequences of our behaviour?’ – Sir David Attenborough
As of the end of 2016, 93% of the reef faced bleaching. I went to visit it in 2015, during my first stint in Australia. Growing up, the Reef is one of those things that you are often told stories about. You are told of its beauty. Its wonder. Almost like it’s some of fantasy wonderland.
My trip was a tour. Part of the tour included the opportunity to either snorkel or scuba dive. Unfortunately, I was unable to do either due to mitigating circumstances. I did, however, get to see the coral reef via a glass bottomed boat.
Now that, that was cool. Glass bottomed boats are so cool. I’d happily go around in one again, and again, and again. And it makes you feel special, you know? Being able to see something like that, so up close and personal. At least, it was evocative for me anyway.
It breaks my heart to know that the Reef doesn’t have long left, considering that it had been around years before us, and should have outlived us all. It’s its own eco-system after all.
At least I will have my memories from my visit though, of one of Earth’s most beautiful creations. However, if I were you, I’d get there as soon as possible.
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