5 eco-friendly ways to visit the Great Barrier Reef | pebble magazine
Want to see what all the fuss is about? Want to swim in a marine landscape as vivid as Finding Nemo? The Great Barrier Reef has always been one of the great bucket list icons but a raft of environmental and human pressures has left it vulnerable. Here are five ways to experience the Great Barrier Reef without damaging it.
Sir David Attenborough and his team return this week with Blue Planet II, shot partly at the conservationist’s favourite spot, the Great Barrier Reef (he’s been visiting since 1957). The reef he warns, like the rest of our oceans, is in danger of being choked by our plastic use. Attenborough has even created his own website, that allows people to explore the Great Barrier Reef and understand the threats to its survival.
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living organism but in recent decades this iconic natural habitat has suffered at our hands. It lost 50% of its coral cover between 1985 and 2012 and overfishing, coastal development and poor water quality have added to its woes, aside from the impacts of climate change and increased plastic in our ocean.