Save the Kimberley and the Humpback Whales
This blog is posted on behalf of Barbara Devine, a wonderful Care2 member who is fighting to save the Kimberely on behalf of her granddaughters Ella, 4, and Lucy, 2 –The Future.
I would like to start my very first ever blog with words written by Alex Ho who signed the petition on 22 June 2011.
“Only when the last tree has been cut down.
Only when the last river has been poisoned.
Only when the last fish has been caught.
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”
–Proverb, American Indian.
“Please save this precious Land and future allow generations to enjoy the beauty of The Kimberley.”
Alex, thank you. I started this journey on my own but have now been joined by the most wonderful, inspirational and amazing people. To each and every person who has signed the petition, I say thank you. The goal is 20,000 and I have been laughed at by many, but together we can make that happen.
Come with me to The Kimberley
Words alone cannot describe the Kimberley as it is a place that raises your spirits, touches your heart and reaches into your soul. It symbolizes everything good about the world and is, in fact, a place where time has stood still.
Now, however, the world has caught up and it is under grave threat of destruction.
Oil industry giants Woodside, BP, BHP-Billiton, Chevron, Shell, Japanese company, Inpex, mining conglomerates and gas companies want the riches and resources in the Kimberley. The proposed gas hub is one of Australia’s biggest industrial developments on the country’s most pristine coast. The West Australian government, lead by Premier Colin Barnett, is happy to sell it all.
I am fighting to Save the Kimberley and tell Mr Barnett, the Federal Government and these organisations that…
THE KIMBERLEY IS NOT FOR SALE!
The last great wilderness
The Kimberley is in northern Western Australia and is one of the world’s last great wilderness regions. It is vast, diverse and abundant with wildlife and its coast and rivers are among the most pristine on the planet.
The Kimberley is home to an amazing, ancient fossil coral reef system — the Devonian Reef — formed millions of years ago when the area was under the ocean. Now scientists are discovering today’s Kimberley marine environment is home to some of the most diverse and unspoiled tropical coral reef systems in the world and some believe the diversity will exceed that of the Great Barrier Reef. This has to be protected — mining will destroy this global treasure.
Vast savannah landscapes, wild rivers, extensive wetlands, spectacular coast and rich marine environments provide a multitude of habitats that are home to an extraordinary diversity of species.
The magnificent Humpback whales
One of those species is the magnificent Humpback whale. Every winter, the shallow, warm seas from the south of Broome to the Bonaparte Archipelago become a nursery for the largest population of Humpback whales in the world.
This is one of the most magical experiences anyone can have in a lifetime to be invited into the whales’ world and witness the birth of a baby whale. The Kimberley coast is safe, peaceful and sheltered and the waters are pristine and healthy — every Mum would agree the perfect environment for giving birth to a healthy baby.
This is nature at her most beautiful.
Culture, heritage, tradition
The Indigenous people of the Kimberley have inhabited this region for at least 27,000 years. Their connection to the landscape is as much practical as spiritual and their heritage and culture is of great significance.
Now, traditional owners such as Albert Wiggan are fighting to protect and preserve the Kimberley for all. Premier Colin Barnett has threatened compulsory acquisition of the Kimberley if the traditional owners do not sign over their land rights! Albert Wiggan will not be bullied.
“This is a battle that will decide the fate of one of the last true wilderness areas on earth. We will not sell our country or our birth rights for money, when we already hold all the true and real wealth in our hands, in our lands and in our very beings.”
-Albert Wiggan, Kimberley Traditional Owner, Spokesperson for Save the Kimberley
If you can spare 30 seconds, please visit www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley and view the TV ad opposing Kimberley industrial site. Don’t let them ruin the Kimberley.
This TV advertisement was funded through donations from supporters only and is well worth a look.
I invite you to come on this journey with me. I have already met some amazing people all working to save our planet and all living beings and will introduce you along the way.
So stay tuned,