Photographer's Note

This is just a small part of Australia’s most precious treasure, the Great Barrier Reef, shot from a helicopter at 1000 metres above sea level.

The Reef is the largest living thing on Earth. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The only natural formation that can be viewed from space. Covering an area of 348,000 square kilometres, it is considerably larger than Italy, 4 times the size of Ireland and nearly as big as Germany. It encompasses over 900 islands and the largest ecosystem in the world.

To witness it literally takes your breath away. After you dive on it, you will never be the same again.

The Reef is the most fragile beauty in the world, under threat from climate change, natural predators such as the Crown of Thorns Star Fish, and most insidious of all, man-made pollution.

In early 2014, the newly-elected conservative Government announced its decision to allow the dumping of 3 million cubic tonnes of spoil from nearby coal mines into the sea 25 kilometres from the Reef. This was despite an environmental impact study that concluded such a move would have disastrous consequences for the Great Barrier Reef. Leases and contracts with foreign companies to mine for gas along the coast abutting the Reef are being negotiated every day. In April 2014 a leak from a nearby nickel mine onto the Reef has had same effect as a sewage leak from a city of 7 million people.

This wanton destruction cannot be tolerated.

In March 2014, along with 100,000 other Australians, I marched in protest at the decisions of this Government. Its short-sighted and mercenary views towards the environment was just one of the reasons. Those of you who know me on Facebook are probably sick and tired of hearing about this and the other reasons. But the environment is something I’m very passionate about and I will never stop protesting.

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Additional Photos by Lisa DP (delpeoples) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5609 W: 342 N: 12455] (60342)
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