In an effort to prevent the United Nations from reclassifying the Great Barrier reef as “in danger,” the Australian government unveiled a 35-year plan on Monday which it hope will manage the risks to the reef, one of the natural wonders of the world and widely considered to be one of the most important ecological areas on Earth.
However, according to The New York Times, not everyone is pleased with the plan. “The plan does not deliver bold, concrete actions that scientists have told us we need to turn around the future of the reef,” said Louise Matthiesson, a reef campaigner with the group WWF-Australia. “Over all, it is not business as usual, but it is close enough to it.”
The Australian Academy of Science claims that there is “no adequate recognition” in the 2050 plan of the importance of curbing greenhouse gases, according to The Guardian, saying: “The draft 2050 plan represents business-as-usual in terms of how escalating pressures on the reef are adequately regulated [or not], when much bolder action is required to restore the values of the reef and prevent further degradation.”