Often described as the Galapagos Islands of the Indian Ocean, there are few places in Australia wilder than the remote Houtman Abrolhos Islands, a marine archipelago of 210 islands off the coast of Geraldton, Western Australia.
Shark Bay, located at the most westerly point of Australia, is one of a handful of marine World Heritage sites across the globe. It’s home to some of the planet’s most extraordinary creatures, including the oldest lifeforms on Earth, as well as dugongs, turtles and, of course, sharks.
The whale shark, the world’s biggest fish, is what draws people to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Marine Park. These gentle giants congregate at Ningaloo, nestled on the Western Australian coastline near Exmouth, between March and August each year, thrilling thousands of visitors and fuelling the area’s booming tourism industry.
We set off at 7am, a little after sunrise. The waters were surprisingly calm - unlike my stomach, which was churning with excitement. We were looking for something no one had seen for a decade: a massive riser turret mooring, the size of an apartment block. For 25 years, it had been used to exploit an oil and gas field off the coast of Western Australia.
With birthing grounds of the largest Humpback Whale population, corals and fish to match the Great Barrier Reef, the Kimberley is like nowhere else on Earth. Despite its international significance it’s still not safe from the fossil fuel industry.
The Australian Government has finally agreed to create a fuel efficiency standard to limit pollution from new cars - which is great news for people and the planet and will mean more electric vehicles on our roads and fewer greenhouse gas emissions from cars.
The use of energy by households and businesses is the largest source of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Australia, and the world, must rapidly reduce emissions from energy consumption to ensure a safe climate future.
"Welcome home, Greenpeace, welcome home, you've been gone for so long..." Chief Timothy sang as he welcomes the Rainbow Warrior back to Vanuatu, 38 years after the original Rainbow Warrior was bombed while peacefully protesting environmental injustice in the Pacific.
The Rainbow Warrior is journeying through the Pacific Islands carrying courageous climate litigants from the Caribbean, Torres Strait, Philippines, India, Tonga and Solomon Islands and Australia who have come together to share stories, strength, and strategies for achieving climate justice.
Climate litigant and activist, Anjali Sharma, shared her deeply personal story with members of civil society groups, local communities and representatives from the government of Vanuatu at the Rainbow Warrior welcome ceremony.