While social media is flooding with despair after a post that said the Great Barrier Reef is dead was released, we have some reassuring news. The Reef isn’t actually dead, but is in grave danger.
The Great Barrier Reef, situated in Queensland, Australia, is the world’s largest coral reef system. It is so huge and colorful that it can even be seen from outer space. This beautiful ecosystem has many reefs and islands made of different types of coral. In short, it is every traveler’s dream destination.
An obituary of the Great Barrier Reef has been doing the rounds on internet but wait till you understand the actual situation. Researchers have stated that the Reef has met with a massive bleaching, something that takes away its vibrance and ability to defend from harmful agents. Bleaching reduces the water temperature and that’s when corals turn transparent. While coral reefs are capable of recovering on their own, this time it is not able to do the same and that’s what we should all be worrying about. The Great Barrier Reef isn’t actually dead but it is dying. A scientist reportedly stated that if the reef were a person, it would be on life support now.
This news is indeed an eye-opener to us human beings. This is what climate change does to ecosystems around the world. It is about time that we realize the fact that we share this planet not among different nations but between us humans and nature. And that’s where the change will begin.