It’s a Matter of Time

by George Rose, Phibs

Cairns, Australia – May 2018


Finding This Mural

145 Esplanade, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

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Story Behind This Mural

Artist Statement

My mural hopes to give a sense of urgency and raise awareness of the damage and impact we are having on our reefs and oceans. It's only a matter of time before irreversible damage is done and a whole ecosystem could be potentially be wiped out if not severely affected. It is up to all of us to protect and care for the world around us by making some fundamental changes to the way we think and live. Overfishing, pollution (especially plastic) and a rise in ocean temperatures are just some of the leading key factors affecting our oceans today. The thoughtless impact we have on our seas will inevitably affect us all in the long run. Everything is connected including us. The coral trout is also present in the mural. A stunningly beautiful fish that is also at risk of being overfished. I have been obsessed with the ocean and its life from a young age and had dreams of being a marine biologist once upon a time. Being an artist, the ocean has been a constant inspiration and fascination. An alien world here on our own planet with secrets still to be discovered. It saddens me to see how the human race has lost its connection to mother earth and all the creatures that we share this amazing, beautiful world with. Greed, money, and lack of care in this so-called modern world seems to win out every time. It's sad to think that only once it's gone will we truly know what a huge mistake we have made.

The Focus

Coral reef conservation

Take Action

You can help save coral reefs by:

  • Reducing your carbon footprint.
  • Using reef-friendly sunscreen.
  • Only consuming sustainably caught sea life.
  • Being an ocean-minded voter.