Dearest readers, If you have read other sections of my blog, you would be aware that I am 10 years old and I live in Sydney. This term, in my class, we have been learning about valuing places and how we need to protect the environment. As a subtopic to deepen our understanding of the topic, we learnt about the Great Barrier Reef and its threats. We learnt what they are and their impacts on the GBR.
We also inquired on how we can make a balance between solutions for these threats. Though do not forget the big picture. Valuing places is the big picture, not the Great Barrier Reef. One of our most important assessment tasks was to write a letter to a politician addressing the GBR, a threat, what we need to do about it, why the GBR is significant and what state we would like to see the GBR in by 2020. It was supposed to be a sort of reflection on what we learnt about… Enjoy!
As a subtopic to deepen our understanding of the topic, we learnt about the Great Barrier Reef and its threats. We learnt what they are and their impacts on the GBR. We also inquired on how we can make a balance between solutions for these threats. Though do not forget the big picture.
Valuing places is the big picture, not the Great Barrier Reef. One of our most important assessment tasks was to write a letter to a politician addressing the GBR, a threat, what we need to do about it, why the GBR is significant and what state we would like to see the GBR in by 2020. It was supposed to be a sort of reflection on what we learnt about… Enjoy!
Dear The Hon. Greg Hunt, Dear Sir, with the support of my school, Roseville College, I strongly believe that that the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) needs more protection and attention. We need to prevent the Great Barrier Reef from becoming threatened or in danger and so this is why I am writing to you about the effects that dredging has on the GBR and what we need to do about it. The amount of reef that has been destroyed from dredging in mining is shocking!
The Great Barrier Reef is a hugely significant environmental site in Australia. It is teeming with animals and the number of environmental organisations and agencies, such as UNESCO, who support this site it staggering. Overall, the GBR is home to thousands of species of flora and fauna. It stretches 2 300 km along the coast and is larger than the UK and Ireland combined! As you can see, its significance is absolutely huge and we need to protect it! One of the major threats that is impacting the GBR negatively is dredging from mining.
Dredging is a major threat and despite the GBR’s adequate status, dredging will be greatly threatening it if it continues. Dredging is a manmade threat that is caused by mining ships dumping silt in waters. When ships come to collect the gas to export to other countries, the ships are too large to go through. So they scoop up sand and other sediment to make room and then dump it elsewhere. This silt then settles on the coral, suffocating it and destroying it. Recently, the Australian government gave permission for over 3 million cubic metres of dredge to be dumped in the area around Abbot Point.
This is unacceptable and is threatening the GBR even more! When something like this occurs, it will happen over and over again. This will result in terrible consequence for the unique reef. The impacts that dredging has on the reef are that it vitiates the quality of the water and smothers animals, plants and coral reefs. If this continues, the reef will eventually become destroyed and areas of the reef will become degraded. To stop this from happening, the government needs to act.
They need to reduce the amount of dredge and silt that is being dumped near the reef and possibly even to relocate the mining sites. Moving the location of the reef could impact the people who are employed in the industry in that they may have to move. This may disrupt their lives and the lives of their family though this is worth it as the health and wellbeing of the GBR is more important.
Mining is a huge industry and the Australian economy is hugely benefited by it. Getting rid of it entirely would be impractical and a hindrance on our economy. Moving it elsewhere is a better solution and dumping the silt elsewhere (for example on land) is also more practical for a solution. The government needs to make a balance in the solution to make everyone satisfied and the Great Barrier Reef healthy.
As an individual, I would like to see major improvements in the state of the GBR. I would like to see less articles in the paper saying that the reef is being threatened terribly by dredging. This would really be a huge benefit toward the Great Barrier Reef it the amount of dredging was limited and I would like to see none of it.
All parts of the Great Barrier Reef should be unaffected by dredging (as there would be not a lot) and all parts should be healthy. Other than the effects that the Crown of Thorns Starfish have on the reef. Mr Hunt, please take my letter into deep consideration and decrease the amount of dredging in the GBR!
I do hope that you enjoyed my letter. I hope it gave you an insight on what I have been learning about and also about what is happening to the Great Barrier Reef. Personally, I am not hugely worried about dredging, in fact I think that mining is actually very important. But I do care about the GBR as well. This is why we need to make a balanced solution so that everyone is satisfied.
By Olivia, proudly an animal lover!