Our long service leave has brought us to Ningaloo Reef. As I float in nature’s aquarium, awed by the display of fish, multi-coloured in the water below me, I am reminded of how important the ocean is.
We continue to exploit its resources, even though fish stocks are running low, pollution is increasing and below me I see the damaged coral that has resulted from our beaches being loved to death.
Our oceans are our main source of oxygen as well as an important source of food and are central in the regulation of our climate. If they die, we die.
I have swum with a whale shark. Will future generations have that privilege?