Recently, the state of the Great Barrier Reef has been brought to my attention. I read online about how it is deteriorating and on a slippery slope to death. It broke my heart to hear about this and I decided to make it part of my mission to help save it in any way possible.
Photo: Matt Hardy on Unsplash
The great barrier reef is home to thousands of species. This includes more than 1,000 species of fish, one third of all of the soft corals in the world and more than 100 species of sharks and stingrays. The reef also homes greater than 30 species of marine mammals as well as more than 400 types of hard coral.
With all of these beautiful species living in the reef, saving it would mean saving thousands of marine life as well as one of the most beautiful spectacles the world has to offer. A few of the largest threats to the environment include global warming as well as pollution. Finding cleaner sources of energy and creating a bigger movement to save the planet could mean preserving all of the amazing creatures that were created to be on this world.
Recently, with Donald Trump’s decision to remove America from the Paris Accord, the environment is more at risk than ever. However, there are still some states that are still dedicating themselves to the effort for environmental conservation.
My advice to anyone who wants to help save the environment would be this: call your senators, sign petitions, and raise awareness. The environment is not going to save itself, that is our job. If saving more than 1,000 types of marine life is not enough convincing, also try to keep in mind that the Dugong (pictured below) also calls the Great Barrier Reef home.
The Great Barrier Reef is incredibly important and deserves time and effort and awareness. Let’s work together to save it.
My name is Baylie Clevenger and I am 19 years old. I plan to attend Ball State University this fall and major in Journalism with a minor in Political Science. I have been writing since I was 15 and plan to do so for the rest of my life!