After much deliberation, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recommended that Australias’s Great Barrier Reef to not be listed as in danger. According to The New Daily, this did not set well with Greenpeace who insisted that the Barrier Reef is still at risk. If the agency declared the Great Barrier Reef as in danger it would have been a disaster for Queensland tourism and scientific research officials there say since it would make access to it more difficult due to the rules Australia would have to follow.
The decision is still considered a draft and must be adopted by UNESCO’s governing twenty one nation member body. Greenpeace sneered that Australia should not think of the UNESCO decision as a reprieve.
“It is not a reprieve – it is a big red flag from UNESCO,” Greenpeace Australia Reef campaigner Shani Tager said.
“UNESCO has now also sent a clear signal that the Abbott government must fully protect the Great Barrier Reef and that means a reprieve from coal expansion.”
Greenpeace said it is calling on the federal government “to stop trying to prop up a dying coal industry and remove port expansion loopholes from the Reef 2050 plan”, as well as invest in a sustainable energy industry.
Presently the reef is managed by the Queensland Resources Council. Greenpeace obviously wants the reef cut off from tourism and scientific research because their base philosophical outlook is grounded in the hatred of human life. In terms of the green group’s accusation about coal expansion, Greenpeace is referring to a coal mine owned by the Indian Adani company that is nowhere near the Great Barrier Reef and was approved by the Australian government during July of last year.
Again we see groups like Greenpeace attempt to use nature in order to block the ability of mankind to bend nature for its uses. In this case it was Greenpeace’s attempt to use the Australian Great Barrier Reef as a means to halt the Adani coal mine that will extract a resource used to power utility plants and other productive uses.