While in the past Australians wrestled with what the Reef is, today they are struggling to reconcile what it will be. To do this, we need to understand the Reef's intertwining human story.
The Great Barrier Reef has come to dominate Australian imaginations and global environmental politics. Saving the Reef charts the social history of Australia's most prized yet vulnerable environment, from the relationship between First Nations peoples and colonial settlers, to the Reef's most portentous moment – the Save the Reef campaign launched in the 1960s.
Through this gripping narrative and interwoven contemporary essays, historian Rohan Lloyd reveals how the Reef's continued decline is forcing us to reconsider what 'saving' the Reef really means.
Rohan Lloyd is a historian who specialises in North Queensland and Australian environmental history. He has published histories on the Great Barrier Reef, North Queensland and Australian environmentalism. Rohan works as an English teacher at Ignatius Park College in Townsville and is an adjunct lecturer at James Cook University. This is his first book.