There are so many damned problems with the world. It’s why I have so much trouble living in it. What makes it tolerable for me, is the natural world. Animals, plants, etc… specifically, the oceans. But hey, this (not) just in: we’re fucking that up too.
Usually I choose to indulge those helpless feelings and do nothing but feel bitter about humanity (and myself)… but after reading about what’s going on in Australia with the Great Barrier Reef.. something shifted inside me. Something horrible. Take a moment to check this out: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/11/18/australia-authorizing-destruction-of-great-barrier-reef/
In short, the Australian Government is allowing the construction of pipelines that will most likely cause a HUGE percentage of destruction to the Great Barrier Reef. You know those moments when you just… “can’t”? Textbook “can’t”: I couldn’t understand it, couldn’t stomach it, couldn’t believe it. I was speechless. The GBR is something I have marveled at my entire life, as a fan of marine biology and simply as citizen of the world. And yes, I know there are more pressing problems at home and such, and I do what I can. But still: The GBR really is a jewel on the global scale, and these asshats are using all of their resources to try and destroy it as sneakily as possible, because they KNOW it’s wrong. They know.
When I read that, something inside me died. And if I’m being dramatic… it’s because this IS FUCKING DRAMATIC. Everyone SHOULD be concerned. Of all the bad things I keep reading.. about how we are killing each other and the planet, it was THIS, for some reason, that broke me. I realized that truly; NOTHING apparently, is sacred. Not even the world’s most wondrous ecosystem. Even IT has a price tag, and those in power can ALWAYS seemingly slither down to new lows.
Still, I wrote a letter. I’m a powerless, bitter and whiny individual. But I wrote a damned letter. And you should too.
In this season of consumerism and in our lifetime of wasteful, destructive, habits… do a little good. I don’t care if it’s about this or any other issue, but goddamn it, do something, sometimes. I’ve had enough of feeling ashamed of my species. I’ll never be able to get away from that self-loathing… because I truly do think we are a despicable little race of mindless monkeys that will eventually do ourselves in… but still, as idiotic as we all are collectively, individual gestures can sometimes change things. If a bitter wannabe-hippie like me can take five minutes to do it, you can too.
Here’s my own letter, if you need a model. It’s not even very good, but I spoke from the heart. If we could get a few hundred people writing letters, maybe it will make a difference. Maybe not… but I’d rather have tried than watched idly.
Write Australia’s Environment Minister, the “Honorable”(my ass) Greg Hunt at: Greg.Hunt.MP@aph.gov.au It’s a small gesture, but maybe, let’s remind him that the entire world is watching him fuck up one of the most beautiful natural things on the planet. Deliberately.
Thanks for reading. </self-righteous blog>