Swimming for the reef
The Environmental Defenders Office is an independent community legal centre in Queensland. It does stalwart work to protect the environment. Among its many other activities, the EDO recently represented conservation groups in court cases about dredging and dumping of spoil in the Great Barrier Reef.
The EDO depends on community support to operate. Its latest fund-raiser is Swim for the Reef—an event in which teams of supporters swim as far as they can (in a swimming pool) between midday and midnight on 23 January 2016. I encourage you to sign up as a swimmer, and/or donate to the cause.
I’m not much of a swimmer, but I am showing my support by making an online map on which I’ll plot the total distance swum.
The aim (which will take more than one annual event to achieve) is to swim a total distance greater than the length of the Great Barrier Reef—more than 2,300 km. This will remind everyone of the vast scale of this important place. I hope that by plotting the swimmers’ progress on the online map I will reinforce our connection with the reef.