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Voices from the Reef


International Union for Conservation of Nature

The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) in Australia is the largest coral reef ecosystem on the planet, the most inspiring, the most iconic and probably the greatest marine World Heritage area on Earth, with outstanding universal value.

Over the last few years though, coral reefs worldwide suffered major die-off because of sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies, or ocean warming, a phenomenon exacerbated between 2015 and 2017 by the strongest El Niño recorded ever since 1950 and also impacts of climate change.

This short video is a compilation of different voices from different GBR actors who express their most pressing feelings about this global tragedy that could be unfolding before us. In times like these, with scientific uncertainty as to when the next bleaching event might take place, the international community must consider the precautionary principle of limiting greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris Agreement and raising ambition. The dangers of climate change impacts on the ocean may result in catastrophic loss of fundamental ecosystems such as coral reefs. Therefore, as the world celebrates the start of the International Year of the Reef (IYOR 2018), it is important to work together to aim for a 2°C and strive for a 1.5°C of temperature rise, only achievable through reinforced management practices, and behavioural change.