World Oceans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the vital importance of protecting our planet’s marine lifeblood.
But reflection is not enough.
The Morrison Government must act now to prevent further damage to our ocean ecosystems.
This means accepting and acting on the science of climate change and addressing the warming of our oceans.
Instead of acting, the Liberal National Government has spent the last six years unpicking Labor’s national marine park network in what constitutes one of the largest conservation reversals in history.
The Morrison Government has been slow to act on plastic waste, has stripped funding from crucial science organisations like the CSIRO, and has categorically failed to reduce carbon emissions.
A healthy environment and climate depends upon a healthy marine life, which is under threat. The degradation of the sea puts at risk the lives and wellbeing of people across the planet.
Our oceans and marine life should be protected – for their own sake, but also because sustainable fisheries and tourism are critical to our economic and social wellbeing. Beyond our shores, Australia has a role to play in promoting and supporting ocean conservation in our region and in Antarctica.
We all have a part to play to protect our oceans, but the greatest scope for change is through national leadership – which is sadly absent from a Morrison Government obsessed with removing ‘green tape’ and fighting itself to a standstill of climate change inaction.