I love an early morning explore in the Mount Gul’um (Mount Coolum) National Park so last Sunday I traversed lowland and mountain sections of the park before breakfast. The steps up the mountain section early morning had yet to become crowded and there was an opportunity to stop and take in the vistas.
We had the previous day shared views of the sacred mountain in our backyard with our family members from Cairns. We feel a sense of joy and connection to all the natural elements of the park whether we set foot in the park or view it from afar. We want to share that feeling.
I get accused of having rose coloured glasses which is OK by me, however we do need to take serious action on climate change.
I have been concerned that for 8 weeks a fire has been burning on K’gari (Fraser Island) and our air here on the Sunshine Coast has been polluted with a fire continuing to burn. We have heard reports as the World Heritage listed island is significantly consumed by fire to the point that no further tourists can access the island.
Similarly, we hear that the Great Barrier Reef has been declared critically endangered. The Great Barrier Reef is now in “critical” condition and the health of four other Australian World Heritage properties has worsened, according to a report just released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Its third outlook report marks the first time the IUCN has declared an Australian property as critical, which means its values are severely threatened and deteriorating.
I do enjoy our beautiful clear vistas. We are all guardians of both the natural world and our community’s prosperity and together we can make changes step by step.
“Be the change you want to see in the world” (Gandhi Ji)
Tony

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