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Imogen's report from the Reef

Our Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director Imogen recently returned from the Reef. This is what she found...

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem on our blue planet, and is home to a vast array of marine plants and animals, including reef fish, sea turtles, sharks, hard and soft corals.

I've just come back from the Reef, and I was shocked at what I saw. I knew there would be bleached coral, but I had expected some patches of bleaching surrounded by mainly healthy, colourful corals.

I saw the opposite. The reef flat was a field of white coral as far as the eye could see. It was the face of climate change, and it was devastating.

Coral bleaching by James Woodford

The reef walls were littered with bleached corals but dotted amongst them were some hardy survivors, still hanging on to their colourful algae.

Coral bleaching by James Woodford

For decades, scientists and conservationists have been warning that climate change is a threat to the Great Barrier Reef and all the world’s corals.

We know what needs to be done: rapidly transition to 100% renewable energy; end fossil fuel subsidies; phase out coal-fired power stations; and keep coal in the ground.

It’s time for the Australian government to show real leadership. 

Our Great Barrier Reef is in trouble. It has suffered the worst coral bleaching event on record and is under ongoing pressure from pollution along the coast.

Scientists say we need to act now or the Great Barrier Reef will be ‘terminal’ in five years. 

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