The Australian government has just approved the expansion of Abbot port. The expansion project is to allow for a greater capacity to export coal out of australia, the worlds second largest coal exporter, and it will see the dredging of the sea floor to allow room, which will disrupt a species of turtles. however the big talking point is what is being done with the material once it has been removed from the sea floor - its being dumped into the Great Barrier Reef.
For those of you that don’t know me very well, i am not the biggest supporter of defending the climate when it comes to some issues. I believe that until people can find a way to run the world completely with green energy you should get out of the way of mining companies. Yes they should be regulated and restricted, but stopping them completely is impractical and basically impossible at this point.
That being said - I do profusely disagree with this latest decision made by the Australian Government. The Great Barrier Reef has been claimed as a world heritage site, and just last year australia was praised for created the worlds largest marine reserve but now its done a 180.
Something as vital to the entire worlds ecosystem, and frankly something as Beautiful as the Great Barrier Reef should be preserved in its entirety. I mean… just look at it…
The reef is home to over 1500 species of fish, 2200 species of plants, 200 species of birds, and 5000 species of mollusks! it is one of the most dense regions of biodiversity in the world.