This week Frank from Dutch Goes the Photo has issued the challenge for us to show some human spirit. It pushed me to find something appropriate, and then life intervened and I’m late submitting. But better late than never I guess.
In life there are many sources of frustration for us…one for me is the apparent lack of concern by the federal government for Australia’s environment. Without getting into the political side of things, suffice to say that I’m glad that so many people realise the importance of the Great Barrier Reef. For the past few years the federal government has been approving the building of coal ports in various locations inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park — in the face of strong opposition from various organisations (Greenpeace, Getup etc) and a large percentage of our population. Of course, the coal companies and associated corporate organisations are very much in favour, because for them it’s all about the money to be made. That’s the situation as it stands today.
Go back 3 years ago and a rally I attended here in Brisbane, attended by many thousands of concerned people, over the treatment of the Reef. Human spirit was evident everywhere — from young children with their cutout signs of turtles; to teenagers dressed as fish and other sea creatures, seemingly pleading for their home to be saved; through to adults young and older banding together to do their part for the Reef.
That’s the human spirit I am happy to be a part of!