Saving The Great Barrier Reef By Mathew Banovich

Save The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is found off the Coast of Queensland and stretches for 3000 km. It runs almost parallel to the coast of Queensland and can be found 15 km off shore to 150 km off shore. It is a place of beauty and wonder that can provide divers with amazing underwater experiences. Who would want to trash such an amazing place? Farm pollution, corral bleaching and fishing are some of the main threats towards the Great Barrier Reef. If we are going to save this amazing place we have to act fast. Save the Great Barrier Reef.

Farm pollution is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with quickly. Farming in coastal areas near the Great Barrier Reef has killed off inshore reefs and boosted algal growth. The Queensland coastline used to be one of the most intensively farmed regions bordering a coral reef. Farm pollution like excess fertiliser, is killing our Great Barrier Reef and if we don't act fast there will no longer be a Great Barrier Reef. Save The Great Barrier Reef.

Coral bleaching has become a serious problem for the Great Barrier Reef. Corral bleaching is a result of global warming. Coral inhabiting tropical reefs are thermally sensitive, meaning that they can only tolerate small temperature ranges. Climate change is causing abnormal sea surface temperatures which is causing the corral to bleach during summer months. Not only does climate change affect coral but it also affects fish that prefer colder waters. This in tern, effects the seabirds that live close to the Reef and pray on the fish. Global warming is causing a mass of problems for the Great Barrier Reef. Save the Great Barrier Reef.

Fishing doesn't sound bad when you hear it but actually it has grown to become a huge problem for the Barrier Reef. Predatory fish such as trout and snapper are very important for maintaining a balanced echo system however, these seem to be the main targets for recreational and commercial fishers. A stable and healthy reef is one of many predatory fish and a small number of herbivorous and small prey fish. As mainly predatory fish are being fished, there is now a larger number of herbivorous fish. This has major effects on the Reef. Save the Great Barrier Reef.

These are all very relevant problems that we need to deal with so that the Great Barrier Reef survives. We need to stop farm pollution, corral bleaching and over fishing if we want to have any chance of saving this wonderful place. Save the Great Barrier Reef.

Reflection

I think overall my presentation was very good and i learnt a lot about the Great Barrier Reef. I think that my persuasive text was really good and that it definitely made me think about the issue. It compelled me to think about saving the Barrier reef and I realised that we take things like this for granted.

If i was to do this task again i think i would have started it a bit earlier, so that i wouldn't become as stressed on weekends. I would have also put a little bit more time into it so that it would be a bit more persuasive. I would then try to put more information into my annotations.

I needed help with understanding the task which was pretty confusing at the start however, i figured it out after a while. I also needed help with using adobe spark and thinglink as i hadn't used them before. I got help from my parents and my English teacher. The other thing I needed help with how to write a bibliography so I found out about Bibliography Generator.

The main thing about the art of persuasion that I have learnt from this task is that persuasion is a very technical thing that can come in many shapes and forms. I also learnt that it can be very powerful if used correctly and can really change someones opinion on something. Persuasive writing is very emotive so it has the ability to fire people up to make a change. 'Actions speak louder than words' but I have learnt that words are powerful too.

Bibliography

Coral bleaching 2015, accessed 10 March 2017, <https://www.coralcoe.org.au/for-managers/coral-bleaching-and-the-great-barrier-reef>.

Great Barrier Reef 2015, accessed 10 March 2017, <http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/great-barrier-reef-hurt-by-farming/2007/05/31/1180205427882.html>.

Save the Barrier Reef 2015, accessed 10 March 2017, <http://www.wwf.org.au/what-we-do/oceans/great-barrier-reef#gs.Z71hJyc>.

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