Save The Great Barrier Reef By Wil Rivers

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is also one of the greatest tourist attractions in Australia and a lot of our waste is going into it. There are some big problems happening right now, these are some of the main problems. Global warming, illegal fishing, litter, oil spills and the coral bleaching.

This is the out come of coral bleaching

Global warming is affecting the reef by warming the water and killing beautiful species of fish and coral, we can stop this by cutting down half the power and electricity, we can also stop it by using more public transport so that means more buses more trains and less cars, that means their is less gas, smoke and and fumes in the air so that means that the water won't get as hot as it did when there was more pollution in the air, if we can do this we have a 50/50 chance of saving the Beautiful views of the reef.

This is the result of global warming

Illegal fishing is also harming the reef and its beautiful coral. Illegal fisherman are catching rare species of fish and keeping them to sell at the fisheries or the markets. They are also getting there nets stuck in the coral and just leaving them there, they are also driving over shallow bits of the reef and their propellers are hitting and damaging the coral. When they leave they are also leaving a lot of their rubbish behind, resulting in the turtles, fish and sharks eating it and blocking there air ways.

This is the result of illegal fishing

Charter boats are going out to the reef so people can see the beautiful colours and sun but some people are throwing their rubbish over board, and the people on the boat are not doing anything about it. the turtles are eating the plastic and dieing because a person could not be bothered to put it in the bin. If we could all chip in and do a bit the turtles, fish and the other beautiful wildlife would not die.

This is the result of littering

Oil spills are also a major problem, in 2010 an oil ship ran aground and the damage of the reef was 6 kilometers long the ship went 15 nautical miles of course, this was a major event for the reef and its wildlife. The result of oil spills is the coral and the beautiful fish almost went extinct, so we need to get electric boats or go out there less.

This is an image of the oil spin in 2010

Warmer water temperatures can result in coral bleaching. When water is too warm, corals will expel the algae (zooxanthellae) living in their tissues causing the coral to turn completely white. Coral bleaching is all over the reefs in the world this is what takes away the beautiful colour of the reef. 22% of the coral at the reef is already coral bleached

this is the result of coral bleaching

Reflection

Throughout the 3 weeks of this assessment task I've learned more about the Great Barrier Reef and technology. I think I did well in the written and the visual text i did well in this because I didn't know what to do but still came out with the best possible outcome, the visual was the hardest because I didn't now how to use thinglink or Photoshop but thanks to Mr Barnard who taught me how to use it and what you can do on it.

If i was to do this assessment task again I would Definitely use photoshop better because I understand it better now. I would also start it earlier so I could practice my speech more, I would also choose a different subject so I could learn more about the world and what terrible things are happening to our planet that we should be taking care of.

I need help with the thinglink part I did not now how to put the link from thinglink to my spark page so when Mr Barnard came he taught me how to use it and how to trans port it from thinglink to my spark page. I also had trouble with the visual I didn't now how to use photoshop so my classmates showed me how to

If i was to do this assessment task again I would Definitely use photoshop better because I understand it better now. I would also start it earlier so I could practice my speech more, I would also choose a different subject so I could learn more about the world and what terrible things are happening to our planet that we should be taking care of.

Credits:

Created with images by Bob Linsdell - "Agincourt Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland (483781)" • USFWS Headquarters - "Coral at Jarvis Island National Wildlife Refuge"

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