You might have seen an obituary for the Great Barrier Reef
floating around over the past few days. Published by Outside Magazine, the supposedly
satirical article declared that the Great Barrier Reef had “passed away after
a long illness” at 25 million years of age, and that “no effort” was ever made
to save the reef.
This is not true.
It’s really, really, really
Yes, the Great Barrier Reef recently underwent a massive
bleaching event that affected 93%
of its coral. That bleaching event resulted in the death of 22%
of its coral.
22% dead is not the same as 100% dead.
So why did author Rowan Jacobsen
write the obituary? Some are saying it was satire, a deliberate exaggeration meant
to raise awareness of the Great Barrier Reef’s plight. If this was the case, the
plot backfired spectacularly. Many people took to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr,
and other public mourning venues to declare their sadness and outrage over the
death of the world’s largest living structure.
This is a dangerous reaction, but not an uncommon one. And
it’s a reaction that Dr. “Rusty” Brainard, chief of the Coral Reef Ecosystem
Program at NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, worries will hinder
efforts to save the very-very-very-not-dead reef. As
he told the Huffington Post, people may begin to think that “if there’s
nothing that can be done,” we should “not do anything and move onto other
In the interests of preserving the Great Barrier Reef’s not-dead state, let’s not do that. While the Reef is arguably dying, it can still be saved, and we should be
doing what we can to save it.
So what can we do?
If the news of the Great Barrier Reef’s “death” upset you,
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Ladies and gentlemen, on this glorious day two great forces of arda have collided.
ems-uitwaaien and myself have been working back and forth on this collaboration for a little while now and here’s the final result at last ! Please welcome Sauron and Finrod and their famous sing-off, tumblr exclusivity just for you all.
Bonus ! Here’s a little process of the update we sent each other back and forth along the way.