The underwater issue

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I’ve been feeding my diving addiction recently on a 2 month trip to Indonesia, descending into the depths at the biodiversity mecca of Raja Ampat in West Papua, night-diving off the southern coast of Sulawesi, and exploring the underwater lava flow at the base of Gunung Api in the Banda Islands. The silence is mesmerising, only the deep inhale and exhale of your own breath, while myriads of fish and their critter compatriots go about their business around you. The luminous colours of soft and hard corals that form this ecosystem, ebbing and flowing with the tides, is other-worldly. It is criminal to think Australia is threatening it’s own Great Barrier Reef to profit a few billionaires with lucrative coal and gas dreams. I wonder if they have ever visited the reef. Do they have any idea what is at stake? I don’t think you can venture into such surreal worlds and not be humbled and in awe of the capabilities of Mother Nature. There is nothing humanity can ever build to rival its beauty. You can’t put a price on that.

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