Eulogy to the Great Barrier Reef

by Rachel Thomas

We grieve for you, Great Barrier Reef. Who were we to rob you of your greatness? Who were we to pollute, stress, bleach and degrade you to the point of no return?

We will never grasp the extent of our loss and the ongoing ramifications of your sad demise. The ripples of destruction will move eternal … irreversible and unstoppable .. growing ever outwards. Echoing forever.

The death toll can never be counted. Vibrant, precious, living coral, fragile ecosystems and beautiful ocean creatures … colonies and colonies of tiny, wondrous and mysterious animals. Thousands of species of fish and hundreds of species of coral. All brought to the brink .. and then tipped over the edge, as if without a care. Human beings have erased earth’s largest living organism. An underwater universe; a majestic kingdom; a liquid rainbow.

And now we pay the price. Not only our sea-dwellers, but our land-dwellers .. not only our oceans, but our islands. Not only our animals, but our people. Ecosystems and economies. Lives and industries. Adults and children.

We grieve for you, Great Barrier Reef. What have we done? Who were we?

Published in: on July 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

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