Australia Makes a Huge Investment to Save the Great Barrier Reef
Australia is making huge efforts to save the Great Barrier Reef and has now added a great investment strictly for the protection of the ecosystem. On Sunday, the government announced its collaboration with an environmental foundation with the purpose of improving the condition of the reef and reducing the number of dying corals.
The Biggest Investment to Date for the Environment
The Australian government, led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, together with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation will invest in the well-being of the corals. They will make the biggest investment to date for an environmental cause. More precisely, they will direct over $500 million strictly to keep the reef healthy and protected from further damage.
Over the past decades, the Great Barrier Reef has suffered a huge deal of environmental stress. This caused a huge decline in the number of corals that had an impact on all their surroundings. Therefore, they are planning to direct this investment strictly to prevent further stress.
One first activity they will perform will be to fight pollution of any kind, but especially water pollution. Predators are another big threat for the corals, so they will also try to prevent starfish from further damaging the reef. In the end, they will keep an eye on the corals and prevent further threats, but also motivate people to pay more attention to their waste.
The government is proud to have put up the biggest investment ever for the Great Barrier Reef.
“Our contribution, through the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, represents the single largest funding commitment ever for reef conservation and management in Australia’s history,” said the Australian environment minister, Josh Frydenberg.
These Efforts Might Put a Brighter Future Ahead of the Great Barrier Reef
The current situation of the Great Barrier Reef called for immediate measures. Over the past few years, water temperatures have got alarmingly high. This caused a massive bleaching event that affected about 30 percent of the reef. Then, predators came into action. Crown-of-thorns starfish are well-known for their predilection for corals. Over time, they have munched on a huge part of the reef.
Now, it’s quite impossible to regain that lost coral. The government investment is an attempt to stop future degradation on the reef and puts a less dark future ahead. These small efforts can make a difference over time, as they offer viable solutions that can work.
The Investment Might Not Be Enough to Save the Corals
However, not everyone is so optimistic about these attempts. The investment matters indeed, but some environmental experts say the Great Barrier Reef needs more than that. For things to get truly better, we might need some global efforts. One of the biggest enemies of corals is greenhouse gas emissions. If we want the reef to overcome all difficulties, we need to stop the emissions.
This reduction is one of the main purposes of the Paris Climate Accord from 2015. You might think this is great but, last year, President Trump announced US’s withdrawal from this accord. Losing such an important partner might mean a lot for the future of the reef. If such a big country stops making efforts against greenhouse gas emissions, Australia’s efforts might be in vain.
In the end, there’s one more thing Australia needs to do. The burning of fossil fuels is the main contributor to these emissions. Australia is one of the biggest coal consumers, so the investments might mean nothing if the country doesn’t reduce this consumption. Therefore, the government has to be prepared for more drastic changes if they really want to save the reef.
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