We’re calling on the World Heritage Committee to declare the reef in danger. Please add your name to our open letter.
Australia’s National Treasure, World Heritage site and largest living thing on this planet, the Great Barrier reef is home to thousands of marine species including fish, turtles, coral, sharks, rays and marine mammals. Inscribed as world heritage in 1981, the Great Barrier Reef is a wonder of the world and an important part of Australian identity. In recent years, the Great Barrier reef has suffered from the tremendous impacts of human-caused climate change. Since the reef was labelled World Heritage, it has experienced four events of mass bleaching, in 1998, 2002 and most recently in 2016 and 2017, mainly due to warming ocean temperatures.