The Great Barrier Reef is far more than a holiday destination. It has great cultural and historical significance to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, who have lived harmoniously with the reef for centuries. Protecting the reef will ensure it can be enjoyed for centuries to come.
Don’t give up on our reef
President Barack Obama speaking to the University of Queensland.
The reef can not become history
70 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Owner groups have continuing relationships with the Great Barrier Reef.
More than a natural wonder
The Great Barrier Reef protects habitats and shelter for many species, including humans. Its structure protects the eastern coastline from the damaging effects of wave action and tropical storms.
Our reef houses and feeds countless fish that humans eat. Without it, thousands of communities around the world would suffer from famine and malnutrition.
1 billion people rely on seafood as their primary source of protein.
The Great Barrier Reef supports
The Reef is a barometer for the well-being of the whole planet. It is the first to suffer from the devastating effects of climate change and is a true indicator of the current state of the world. Protecting the reef needs to be our priority.
- The Great Barrier Reef Covers 344,400km²
- Coral reefs support 25% of all marine life
- The corals of the Great Barrier Reef are between 20,000 and 120,000 years old
Meet the Champions of the reef
Managing Director of Lady Elliot Island Eco ResortQLD, Australia
Peter Gash, family and several partners are the custodians of Lady Elliot Island and the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort. Through the introduction of innovative practices and eco initiatives, the Eco Resort currently operates on 80% renewable energy with the goal to be 100% by 2020. A re-Greening (revegetation/weed-eradication) program exists with over 4,000 trees planted in efforts to restore the Island to its original condition and environmental protection remains their core business practice to ensure the preservation and protection of the Great Barrier Reef for future generations.
Founder of ‘Straw No More’ ProjectCairns, QLD, Australia
9-year-old Cairns local Molly has set out to tackle one of the most problematic aspects of plastic waste through her campaign ‘Straw No More’. Each day humans use around 500 million straws! Molly says no more.
Diver and ConservationistCairns, QLD, Australia
Tanya is a dive instructor with over 6 years of experience working on the Reef. Having seen the Reef each day, she sees the changes that it goes through and is a great advocate for its conservation. Tanya has founded ‘Divers for Reef Conservation’, to band divers together and work towards addressing the challenges that the Reef faces today.
Rebuilding the reef
Help us get to 5000 Citizens! Encourage others to get involved, including family, friends, colleagues and local government. The more citizens, the more chance the Reef has.