Restore the Great Barrier Reef

Target: Josh Frydenberg, Australian Minister for the Environment and Energy

Goal: Restore damaged areas of the world’s largest coral reef system using coral transplant technology.

The Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its beauty and biodiversity, is in grave danger. Corals are incredibly sensitive to even small changes in temperature, and as ocean temperatures have soared, coral reefs have experienced massive losses. A swath of the reef over 100 miles long has lost 47-83 percent of its coral. Thankfully, coral biologists have found a potential solution: coral transplants.

A recent study on coral transplantation in the Great Barrier Reef has yielded promising results. Researchers gathered coral spawn and eggs from a healthy area of the reef and grew them into young corals in the lab. They then transplanted the corals into heavily damaged areas of the reef and waited to see if they would grow. When they returned eight months later, the young corals seemed to be flourishing. This trial provided scientists with hope that they would be able to repair even badly damaged areas of the Great Barrier Reef. Scientists also hope to transplant species of coral that are more resistant to high temperatures, increasing the resilience of coral reefs in the face of global warming.

Although trials at the Great Barrier Reef, as well as in the Philippines and the Gulf of Mexico, have shown that coral transplants can successfully restore reef ecosystems, it remains to be seen whether these techniques will actually be put into practice. There has been significant coral bleaching along a 500-mile stretch of the reef, and repairing this much damage will be a massive undertaking, requiring money and manpower.

Sign this petition to urge the Australian Ministry of Environment and Energy to provide funding to restore the Great Barrier Reef.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Frydenberg,

The Great Barrier Reef is in danger. Hundreds of miles of the reef have experienced bleaching as a result of global warming. This is a catastrophic environmental loss. The Great Barrier Reef is an invaluable source of biodiversity: it is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 400 types of coral, more than 30 species of marine mammals, and six species of threatened sea turtles. The reef is also of immense economic value: tourism from the reef brings in over $5.5 billion annually and provides nearly 70,000 Australians with jobs.

I ask that you and your colleagues at the Australian Ministry for the Environment and Energy provide funding to protect the reef and repair damaged areas using coral transplantation technology. The Great Barrier Reef is much too ecologically valuable to be lost.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Robert Linsdell

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3 Comments

  1. MUST RESTORE THE GREAT BARRIER REEF BEFORE WE LOSE IT NOW.

  2. Great Barrier needs to be Great Again!

  3. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

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