Thursday, April 8, 2010

Last Days of the Great Barrier Reef?

It’s always sad when a great wonder of the world is destroyed and the world currently has a frontline seat. A Chinese-owned coal carrier, Shen Neng, ran aground over the Great Barrier Reef and is now spewing oil over the world heritage site.

Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has vowed heavy punishment to anyone found responsible for the accident on the reef, but that’s cold comfort because Australia is now fighting an uphill battle to save the reef. Not helping is the fact that the ship was about 15 miles off-course in board daylight. It seems the need to cut down on traveling time is what caused the accident as the ship may be taking an illegal short cut through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world, a world heritage site, is been destroyed because of the human need to meet a dateline! Sad, but somehow I'm also not surprised. No wonder we have an environmental crisis and climate change on our hands!

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