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Humanities 2017, 6(4), 77; doi:10.3390/h6040077

Linking the Local and the Global. What Today’s Environmental Humanities Movement Can Learn from Their Predecessor’s Successful Leadership of the 1965–1975 War to Save the Great Barrier Reef

Department of History, University of Sydney, Sydney NSW 2006, Australia
Received: 30 August 2017 / Revised: 8 October 2017 / Accepted: 9 October 2017 / Published: 16 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Humanities for the Environment)
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For a decade from 1965–1975, an Australian poet, Judith Wright, and a Reef artist, John Busst, played a major role in helping to save the Great Barrier Reef. The Queensland State Government had declared its intention of mining up to eighty percent of the Reef’s corals for oil, gas, fertiliser and cement. The campaign of resistance led by these two humanists, in alliance with a forester, Dr. Len Webb, contributed substantively to the establishment of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in 1975 and to then to the Reef’s World Heritage listing in 1983 as ‘the most impressive marine environment in the world’. This paper explains the challenges facing today’s environmental scholars and activists as they attempt to replicate the success of their 1970s predecessors in helping to save the Great Barrier Reef from even graver and more immediate threats to its survival. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental humanities; Great Barrier Reef; coal; mining; tourism environmental humanities; Great Barrier Reef; coal; mining; tourism
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McCalman, I. Linking the Local and the Global. What Today’s Environmental Humanities Movement Can Learn from Their Predecessor’s Successful Leadership of the 1965–1975 War to Save the Great Barrier Reef. Humanities 2017, 6, 77.

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