MARK down on Thursday, January 10 in The J, Noosa, to capture a new documentary by a Chernobyl explorer showing that the Great Barrier Reef is in serious danger due to poor management of the surrounding lands.
The film, Murder on the reef, by geochemist Alan Dobropolski and director Alex Fitzwatt, compares the poor management of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia with the Chernobyl accident in 1986.
"Similarly, poor environmental management led to an environmental disaster in the Gladstone Harbor of the Great Barrier Reef in 2011," Dr. Dobrovolski said.
"Since then, the reef has undergone unprecedented whitening events that have killed half the coral.
"This is due to the warming oceans caused by climate change, the collapse of the entire ecosystem is inevitable unless action is taken."
According to Dr. Dobrovolski, the next upcoming disaster will be on a much wider scale, thanks to the predicted global increase in the rate of whitening events.
With 50% of the Great Barrier Reef Corals already gone, further increases in ocean temperatures will have disastrous consequences.
"I would like people to go after seeing the documentary understanding that the reefs are so affected that they will die without human intervention," said Dr. Dobrovolski.
The film reveals the main lack of cooperation between government, marine scientists, activists, politicians, local leaders and the general public as a major factor in rapidly reducing reef health.
The Budget for the Marine Park Authority "Big Barrier Reef" has been enveloped by successive governments.
Tickets: 25 lv. For adults, 20 lv. For concession (retired, senior, student). Book online at www.thej.com.au.