Everything happens for a reason – it’s a common throw away phase – and it is one that seems particularly pertinent to the recent grounding of a Chinese coal carrier on the Great Barrier Reef.
It has been revealed that the ship gouged a large scar out of the reef and dropped quite a lot of heavy oil before it could be successfully re-floated. The accident has gotten a lot of people upset, right up to the PM Kevin Rudd who personally flew over the stricken ship. It has highlighted just how upset Australians can get when the reef is threatened.
So with this in mind, lets not speculate on higher forces at work, but rather reflect on some simple facts:
-Australia’s largest export industry is coal
-Australia’s major coal client in China
-Australia is currently undertaking massive expansion projects to ports, mines and transport infrastructure to increase coal exports
-Burning coal is one of the major sources of greenhouse gases, the major source of global climate change
-Climate change is the biggest threat to the Great Barrier Reef, far bigger than this and all the ships that carry millions of tons of coal through the reef
So if you’ll allow me to speculate for a moment that this event could have happened ‘for a reason’, I wonder just what that reason might be…?
Posted by Wordmobi