The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is a national icon and brings in over two and a half million tourists per year. These tourists generate over five billion dollars in revenue for the Queensland government. This means that if The Great Barrier Reef dies, the community will have to pay higher taxes and infrastructure will be affected. The Great Barrier is over 500,000 thousand years old and is home to 1,500 different species of fish, 134 species of shark, 411 species of hard coral and 30 species of marine mammals.
The Great Barrier Reef is an Australian icon and one of the few natural beauties left on earth.
The destruction of The Great Barrier Reef is an urgent national issue, experts have predicted that reef will be completely destroyed by 2050. One of the key causes of the destruction of the reef is coral bleaching.
Coral bleaching is caused by global warming, which is increasing the sea temperature. These temperatures are getting to high for algae, of which the coral feeds on. When coral loses its food source, they die.
Coral bleaching does not just affect coral. It also affects the sea life whose habitat is the reef. Coral offers protection for fish and other species, against predators. If this coral is destroyed, lots of species are easily preyed on.
How can you stop Coral Bleaching?
Coral Bleaching is caused by global warming, so a way we can fix this is by reducing our carbon emissions.
Carbon emissions warm up the atmosphere which in turn, warms up the oceans. To help reduce carbon emissions we can raise the carbon tax and use more economical forms of transport such as catching buses, riding bikes, walking and having a full car.
If we can save the Great Barrier Reef we will be saving one of the most beautiful places on this planet!
- Leader of the Australian Labor Party
Stop Coral Bleaching Before its too Late!
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