How to save the Great Barrier Reef?

How to save the Great Barrier Reef?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 02/13/2019

Reading time: 3 mins

Undoubtedly one of the world’s most famous sites; the Great Barrier Reef!

Way below the ocean’s surface lies a truly spectacular underwater world, listed as the largest living organism on the entire planet. Its stammeringly colourful coral sits on the ocean’s floor, with marine life roaming throughout the turquoise waters. But this eclectic showcase of stunning scenery is slowly dying, with climate change causing an astronomical and irreversible outcome to this great site.

How is Climate Change effecting the Reef?

One of the top triggering factors of Climate Change that are causing a disturbing impact on the Great Barrier Reef’s survival is the shift in temperatures. Over the past century, the temperature has slowly risen. With the hottest 20 years on record all occurring in since 1990. This has caused the ice to slowly melt, with the sea level to rise at frightening speed. Activating the harmful change in the distribution of species and habitats with their daily activities altering. Coral relies on a very specific environment to grow, with very subtle changes in the temperature of the water to trigger its demise. This continuous rise has led to an extreme amount of coral to bleach, with over half of the entire coral reef dying out.

When visiting

Despite its struggles, the Great Barrier reef is still bursting with life, with numerous sections just as bright and stunning as ever. However, tourism can sometimes cause even further damage, with boats, waste management, and diving all contributing factors. Choosing and supporting the correct tour which operates safely for the reef gradually helps the overall tourism industry become more sustainable. As well, when there, always think the motto ‘Leave It Better Than You Found It.’

When at Home

Limiting your waste and disposing of it correctly may not seem like much, but it makes a significant difference overall. Plastic is sometimes an unavoidable element in our daily lives, used to transport objects, packaged food, and as utensils. But saying no to more and more plastic can help less end up in our oceans. If waste is inevitable, make sure to dispose of it in the correct bin. With incorrect plastic disposables more likely to inhabit our oceans. Reducing your energy in your home helps with both climate change and your energy bill. So help both your wallet and the earth by turning off lights when you leave the room and limiting air con and heater time.

Related article: Why is the Great Barrier Reef so important?

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.