We worry about the Great Barrier Reef but the second largest reef in the world is about to be torn apart as well.
The Chinese are about to build a canal 500 metres wide through the Nicaraguan rainforest home to one of the poorest peoples on earth.
The Chinese container ships are too large for the Panama Canal.
And it’s just the poor who will lose their homes, their culture, their future.
All this injustice and destruction to get their trinkets to the market in the United States of Systemic Inequality and its military allies in Europe.
How do we know they’re trinkets?
Because they are shiny and pretty and six months later we want new ones.
Human beings are genetically related to magpies.
Meanwhile, China is predicting it will reach peak fossil fuel usage in 2050, heralding the news, crowing like a cock, as if everything will be alright then.
Oh, that’s okay then, 2050, hallelujah, the planet is safe.
As if to underline the magnificence of China’s announcement the G-7 has promised that fossil fuels will be history by the end of the century.
That would be after they’re dead – I’d say beyond caring but they are that already – after they f**k the Arctic do irreparable damage to the Antarctic the Great Australian Bight, the Gulf of Guinea, the Bay of Bengal on and on and everything.
The G-7 is trumpeting their news as well – it’s a cock fight.
Here’s the thing: 2050 or 2100 – it too f**king late.
Locally, we are told we have to balance economic development with conservation; we’re told we’ll save a bit of forest, set up a little national park, with its fern trees and lyrebirds and in exchange we can cut down the rest of the mountain to create jobs, wealth.
Balance is a great thing. all things considered. But isn’t everything out of balance already, lopsided, leaning like the tower of pizza ready to fall on its anchovies?
Is it possible to redress balance by destroying another forest or another reef?
The new canal through Nicaragua will provide a shorter route to markets but the ships will have to go through the second largest barrier reef in the world.
But the experts will monitor the damage and write reports and politicians will go to Geneva and make promises.
Identified as endangered are coral reefs in the Red Sea, the Solomon Sea, the Madagascar Straits, the Gulf of Oman, the Caribbean, the South China Sea, East China Sea, Java Sea, Andaman Sea, on and on and on.
We know that the Coral Sea is endangered as well, but the government has kindly been given a chance by the UN to act.
We miss the point when we complain only about our own reef. We give the government a chance to deal weasel words like a card shark with a marked deck: we’ll consult, we’ll listen and act, we’ll dump the dredge on land, we’ll monitor the ships, we’ll employ world’s best practice, nothing will escape our scrutiny.
Nothing except the big picture.
The gas companies want to get to the resources beneath South Gippsland and the government is using tax-payer’s money to do accurate seismic surveys to help them along.
But it’s not just South Gippsland, it’s the Bowen Basin, the Hunter, the Coonwarra in SA, Margaret River, on and on and on.
All of it adds up to a major threat to agricultural production and the health of underground water and human health, but we’re trying to fight it one site at a time and we’re playing the game their way.
Look at the big picture, the incremental damage in this game of destruction; the government argues that our teeny tiny contribution to global warming is hardly worth worrying about.
It’s weasel poo.
David Arnault, Mirboo North