This is the Great Barrier Reef from space…
Beautiful, isn’t it?
2,300 km. 2,900 individual reefs. 900 islands. The biggest single structure made by living organisms in the world.
But this all could be gone by 2050. We have already lost 50 percent of the reef’s coral cover. And remaining could be lost in the next 3 decades. UNLESS…
(Courtesy: The Guardian)
Unless we take stringent and immediate actions starting today.
While the Australian national and state governments already spend $150 million every year to protect the reef, a lot needs to be done to sustain its beauty and health.
The experts are divided as to what’s the biggest threat to the Great Barrier Reef. While some believe that poor water quality is harming the reefs the most, others contend that coastal development work is the biggest culprit. Then there are also many who think the collective impact of all the small effects pose the biggest threat.
In general, some of the factors that are destroying the Great Barrier reef include polluted water, fishery, and shipping activities, tropical cyclones, oil work in the coastal area, and climate change.
Different bodies are working to preserve this structure. In recent times, the local government has become more active than ever. Also, there have been many campaigns internationally that pledges to conserve the Great Barrier Reef.
Sadly, though, the steps we’re taking to better things up are highly insufficient.