The end of the year

A quick note to finish the year. I couldn’t resist it. It’s a more generic missive, but the message is again the same. Only we can make a difference.

I suppose the worst news of late was the disappointing closure of the COP 25. Some say it was a total washout. Many important issues were not even given consideration, with most ‘being shelved for discussion’ until the Glasgow 2020 conference. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: "The international community lost an important opportunity to show increased ambition on mitigation, adaptation and finance to tackle the climate crisis". I would tend to agree. Again, ‘what to do’.

Then, on International Human Right's Day, Greenpeace released damning testimonies from migrants working aboard South East Asian fishing vessels. The report that was issued estimated that 10% of commercial fisherman today work under conditions that classify them as slaves. Sobering stuff in this day and age. I sometimes wonder about humanity.

And do you recollect Boyan Slat's Ocean Clean Up project, which was launched in a bid to clean the Great Pacific Garbage patch. Well, after years of development and failures, it has successfully removed a significant amount of plastic from the ocean and returned it to shore. The plastic will now be transformed into sustainable products that will be sold to fund further clean-ups. So some good news there.

Further, after years of fighting, the battle against Japan’s lethal whaling program in the Southern Oceans was won. Thankyou AMCS. They also fought for and managed to have laws passed to save the Great Barrier Reef from water pollution! These new water pollution laws in Queensland will boost coral health, helping the Reef ecosystem to be more resilient in the face of rising sea temperatures.

Finally, this brilliant organisation inspired South Australia, Queensland and the ACT to commit to banning dangerous plastics! The momentum for change was incredible, and it was all thanks to people like you. We’re going to save our wildlife from choking on plastic.

We are about to enter one of the most critical decades our oceans have ever faced. At this moment, Australians are feeling the heat of the climate crisis with the forest fires. This is land based, but in the ocean turtles, penguins and reef wildlife are on the front line. We must rise to the challenge of protecting them.

Again, lets make those resolutions to be proactive in helping and saving our planet.


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