Sunday, October 31, 2021

Paradise won’t protect itself

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most spectacular living networks on our planet.
Seeing it for yourself will leave you speechless.
So be curious.
Look beneath the surface.
Marvel at the intricate details of our natural world.
Now more than ever, the simplicity of getting outside and experiencing nature is important to us all.
It's these freedoms and connections that help us realise what it truly means to be alive.
And it forces us to comprehend the impact we, as humans, are having on the world around us.
Learning and understanding of its connectedness to us is the number one driver for innovative and creative change.

Early in 2020, we spent a week with marine biologist, Johnny Gaskell, who leads a team pioneering a reef restoration program in the Whitsunday Region - a mountainous archipelago made up of 74, mostly uninhabited, islands inside the Great Barrier Reef.
Alongside him, Australian marine biologist, Laura Wells, and South African surfer, Frank Solomon, explored the mind-blowing beauty of the Whitsundays and learned of the environmental challenges this region faces.
Whitsunday islands with the GeoGarage platform (AHS Austrlia nautical raster charts)

Johnny is a big advocate for people learning firsthand and encourages everyone to jump in the water; he believes curiosity gets people invested and motivates them to be a part of reef protection.
Seeing the restoration of the reef firsthand juxtaposed with the impact that plastics and pollution have on what seems a paradise, might just be the catalyst for change. 

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