Queensland, Australia and the Federal government’s plan, the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, is under major criticism from the Academy of Science in Australia. The plan ineffectively addresses the most pressing issue that affects the Great Barrier Reef: climate change. As if you haven’t already heard, the Earth is warming, and most scientists agree that it is due to humans. The rising ocean temperatures and dredging (dumping of sediments) near the Great Barrier Reef are affecting this massive natural coral reef, which perhaps is as old as twenty million years.

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Photo via National Geographic

In an effort to preserve and save the loss of the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian government created the long-term sustainability plan. The plan addresses lessening agriculture run-off, but dredging, increases in agriculture, and climate change will out-weigh the efforts to save the reef.

This is another example of efforts by governments to create an effective plan to battle climate change. The People’s Climate March in September had around 600,000 people marching around the world for climate justice, just before the Climate Summit at the United Nations in New York City. At the Climate Summit, several countries’ leaders met up to discuss a plan to address climate change.

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Photo via Great-Barrier-Reef

While we appreciate the efforts to make preservation plans of Earth’s natural beauty, how can we know if the plans are actually going to be effective in the next 50 or so years? That is the real question that is being debated. The Great Barrier Reef is an extreme example of one of the amazing wonders of the world that had less than 100 years left because of human activities that are hurting the coral reef. Among other wildlife experiences, the upcoming years may be our last chance to snorkel and scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef, an incredible example of the Earth’s natural beauty.

What do you think about the damage caused by climate change?

Sydney Pereira is a student at New York University trying to change the world while simultaneously making enough money to travel when she's not studying or writing. She's also an athlete, music-lover, and avid news reader. When she's not exploring NYC, fresh flowers from the farmer's market and a cup of hot tea on a lazy Saturday are equally fulfilling.


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