The two most important days of your life:
the day you were born and the day you wake up.
Written by Princess Angeliquerose.
Nature is always at the heart in everything I do.
It is my quest to be the voice of mother earth and help people hear her voice. The environmental wreckage of industrialisation and industry is steadily worsening, relentlessly digging up and disrupting our environment, shaking the mountains out of balance and leaving the earth in shock. We, as the human race, are responsible for inducing climate change and as a result, we are facing terrifying changes in our seasonal climates and extreme weather conditions. Continually, we have ignored the warning sigh of mother earth, and the climate crisis is now upon us as the defining issue of our time. It is evident all around us in bush fires, droughts, floods, rising temperatures, melting glaciers, hurricanes and volcano activity. Whilst these are natural occurrences to some extent, the frequency of these events is greater than ever before. Yet, we have not desisted in polluting our environment with deforestation and uranium mining. Australia is such a beautiful continent, and we are so blessed to call it our home. It is now that Australia needs our help.
Kakadu Wetlands National Park
In Australia there are many places where uranium mining is currently occurring and one such site includes the wetlands of Kakadu National Park. This pristine and precious natural heritage site contains one of the world’s richest breeding grounds for migratory tropical waters birds, yet as we speak there are leaks of uranium pumping through the landscape and causing irreversible harm. If contaminated toxins are allowed into the underground water system, this will wreak havoc on the biological food chain in the area. If there is a drought (a phenomenon Australia is familiar with), we will have to tap into the subterranean water supply, which will escalate the current situation to an environmental disaster. In the interest of personal gain, multinational mining companies are throwing caution to the wind. How can we let them contaminate this irreplaceable wetland? Uranium supply is legally owned by the Australian Government and is integral to our country’s international trade. How can the Australian government mindlessly grant these leases to mining companies, blatantly disregarding the toxic uranium waste they are letting into their environment? Someone needs to take responsibility. A total of 150 wastage spills in Australia have been recorded and an estimated 100,000 litres of contaminated water is leaking each day from the dam inside the mine into the ground.
We cannot delay any longer. We must work towards keeping our wetlands, rivers and oceans clean to protect the sacred earth that all we call home. Climate change is undeniably real, and its effects have seeped into our everyday life. The responsibility is on our shoulders to put a stop to this before it is too late. Let’s give mother nature a chance to recover. If we are in sync with nature, we can be conscious of our actions and their effects on our future. It is only if we take an active stance that we can dictate the reality of our today, our tomorrow and most importantly, the life of our mother earth.
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