What is warming the water?
- Most websites lead the the broad subject of "global warming" in that humans are progressively warming the earth through releasing unnatural amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere
- This is an extremely significant problem for not only our country but for the entire world, starting small, the Great Barrier Reef generates over $5 billion each year from tourism; giving close to 70,000 people jobs and helping the country out significantly financially.
- On a larger scale, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is also home to 134 known shark/ray species, 400 unique hard/soft coral. Which may not be here in the coming centuries due to the hurting we have/are putting on the reef
- The increase in water temperatures has lead from the recent surplus of mining/burning of fossil fuels near the reef.
- Currently, the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) is working on passing laws against farm pollution "dumping" causing the water quality to decrease tremendously.
- The WWF is also educating others to use renewable resources to prevent the warming of oceans which in turn bleaches coral and ultimately will kill it.
- None of these efforts have been reported to make matters worse.
Australia has also taken matters into their own hands by forking out an approximate $200 million annually for reef aid/protection. They have also implemented the "reef 2050 plan" said to work on protecting and preserving the great barrier reef over the next 33 years (started in 2015).
- After reviewing what Australia and the WWF are working to do, we believe there are some odds and ends that need to be altered one way or another.
- For starters, we believe Australia should be working much harder on trying to undo the damage they have done, they may need to treat it as if the Great Barrier Reef is the last on earth.
- At this point, Australia should be laying down strict laws on those allowing for their waste water to enter the reef's waters contaminating it.
- Because the majority of the population of Australia live on the east coast, it may be best to limit fossil fuel consumption by that coast to help the reef heal itself.
What actions will we take?
- Because Australia's coldest months hit an average of 50 to 60 degrees, it would useful to provide a bike service such as Divvy bikes or Citi bikes seen here in Chicago.
- These bikes would have to be government ran and funded.
- Not only would the bikes decrease the amount of greenhouse gases released into the earths atmosphere but the government could choose to charge a small fee and put that money directly back into the Great Barrier reef and its protection.
- The manufacturing of these bikes may release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere but theoretically the emissions we are saving with these bikes will outweigh the emissions from making the bikes.
- Those in Eastern Australia may view this movement in a positive way to help the one of the seven wonders of the world. There is no foreseeable reason as to why the population would not like bikes for public use as a whole
Steps needed to make this posible
- We believe that contacting the government or a private bike company (Divvy/citi) about the situation is most important.
- Begin to manufacture these bikes in factories
- Implement these around larger cities at first, testing them and spreading the word about this dying.
- Ultimately put these bike stations across the eastern coast of Australia, raising money for the cause along with saving fossil fuel emissions.
What can we do?
- As an individual, something as simple as taking a "greener" way of transportation to places.
- As a human race, we all need to work on using more renewable energy resources and prevent over usage of fossil fuels.
What will happen in 10/50 years if we don't do anything?
- If little to no actions are taken within the next 10 years, majority of coral is expected to have wilted and died.
- The next 50 years, the reef is expected to be a barren wasteland. With no remaining life.