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The Great Barrier Reef

In early 2016 the Great Barrier Reef experienced a severe coral bleaching event, with 22% of coral to be found deceased. Coral bleaching results from warm air and ocean temperatures through climate change, impacting corals and reef communities by prompting coral bleaching events, to alter ocean chemistry.

The reef’s social and economic factors are shown to generate more than 1.5 billion dollars every year towards the Australian economy from fishing and tourism. Generating over five billion dollars for the Queensland Government. Australia relies on coral reefs for nutrition, fisheries and tourism income, alongside coastal protection and marine biodiversity, that supports our social and economic structure.

Meaning if the reef is overly affected, the Queensland community will have to generate a higher pay in taxes and infrastructure. With the reef being over 500,000 thousand years old and is home to 1,500 species of fish and 411 of coral, the destruction from this rising issue will not only affect our communities but God’s underwater organisms.

So, what can you do to stop Coral Bleaching?

Coral Bleaching is issued by global warming, to stop this problem is by reducing our carbon emissions. Carbon emissions warm up the atmosphere, which in return warms our oceans. On how we should reduce carbon emissions is by raising the carbon tax and using more economical forms of transports like bikes, walking, public transport and full petrol in our vehicles.

If we can save the Great Barrier Reef we will be helping one of our most beautiful and treasurable places of our country!