My answer to Are Australians alarmed at the decline of the Great Barrier Reef? Will tourism take a nosedive?
Answer by Desmond Last:
Like many people Australians are concerned by the effects of the damage we have done and continue to do to our Planet, and in particular the Great Barrier Reef, but what can they do? The answer to your question revolves around the Politics of Australian Government.
I am an Australian, who is also a National of the United Kingdom (born in London) ,and I am very concerned that not one member of the Australian or any other Government will take notice of any of my ideas.
We trust our Governments to do that which is necessary to ensure that we and our Planet have a sustainable future. They have a legal obligation to take into account all their citizens views.
We pay them to do the best job that is possible with the available technology and data.
They have a contract with the people and that trust. As far as I am concerned they have not fulfilled the terms of that contract and we the people should dismiss them.
What other options do we have? They do not listen to the people. They lie and distort the truth. They will not involve me in any aspect of climate change – yet I have been writing about climate change for 8 years – and have solution's they do not.
If you make a donation to their Political Party then you can buy them and influence policy. Yet for the majority of the People, the Government will take no notice.
In Australia, where I have lived for 24 years, and am shortly to return seek the resignation of the Government, because of the human rights abuse I suffered in Australia and since, the level of the Government’s competency has to be one of the lowest in the developed world.
The Governments of Australia have never come to grips with the solution's required to make Australia climate-change neutral.
I have written to 4 Australian Prime Minister 3 with solution's and warnings about Climate Change; Gillard, Rudd and Abbott – they never replied. Turnbull and Bill Shorten, who are currently in an election for Prime Minster have also ignored me – why?
Who else do they ignore and why?
The current Prime-Minister Turnbull, has only had the position for 12~months and before him Tony Abbott for 18 months, Gillard (the worst Prime-Minister in their history) and Kevin Rudd for 13 months in 2013 and 3 years in 2010. With such a see-saw how can you develop alternatives and policies for dealing with anything let alone climate change?
So yes Australians are alarmed but as they have never given me their support, and I have never been reported by the Australian media, I would say that they are not alarmed enough.
You also ask if Tourism will nose-dive. Yes it will. Not only have the Marine Parks Policy restricted the areas you can dive-on but diving coincides with Bush-Fire season which begins in August and now runs through to February – each year getting more hazardous – and sending toxins into the air. A percentage of which will damage the Great Barrier Reef.
The list below of toxins emitted into our atmosphere during a bush-fire is from Dr Angus Cook, School of Population Health UWA/ CRC Bush-fire Director, Environmental Determinants of Chronic Disease, Ecology and Health/Research Coordinator.
Examples of Examples of gaseous gaseous toxic air pollutants include toxic air pollutants include formaldehyde, formaldehyde, benzene, toluene and xylenes. Examples of air toxics typically associated with typically associated with particulate particulate matter include include heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury, such as cadmium, mercury, chromium, and lead compounds; and chromium, and lead compounds; and semivolatile organic semivolatile organic compounds such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons compounds such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons(PAHs) which are generally emitted which are generally emitted within fine particles from within fine particles from the combustion of wastes and fossil fuels. the combustion of wastes and fossil fuels.
Not only do all these chemicals kill marine life they also add to the 4000 chemicals we breathe in everyday. Little wonder the rate of cancer is on the increase.
87 per cent of Australia’s energy production comes from Fossil Fuels with a coal processing and storage plant right next to the Barrier Reef. Locally that produces acid rain ie nitric acid into the environment.
Only 13 per cent of energy production comes from renewable’s. Yet the time zone between Perth and Sydney could produce solar panel to supply at least 50 per cent of Australia's energy requirement.
Not all People who go on holiday are selfish and apathetic. There are many who will boycott Australia because they have not taken a positive lead in Climate Change – including not allowing me to present my solutions to climate change.
There are also those who will not want to breathe in the toxic smoke produced by the bush-fires which are getting worse every year.
Yes tourism in Australia will nose-dive.