SAVING THE GREAT BARRIER REEF JONAH WATMAN 7C

EDITORIAL

WE MUST ACT NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!

It is vital that we save the beautiful Great Barrier Reef before it dies! Otherwise all that locals and tourists will see when they go down there for a dive or snorkel will be bleached coral. If we don’t save this historic underwater city of colourful corals and fish, it will be all our fault because we didn’t take care of it and protect it like we should have. What would you rather see? A colourful, living reef with thousands of differently-shaped, colourful fish or a reef with no life, just bleached coral like bones coming out of the ground?

Firstly, if this magnificent reef of wonder dies so will thousands upon thousands of different fish species, including the countless ones that we haven’t even seen or discovered yet. We would also be losing hundreds of colourful coral that has just been turned white by all of the bleaching. We must act before it is too late and the whole reef has been turned into a wasteland of bleached coral. What would you want your children to see in 20 years’ time? Colour and life or nothing at all? The power is in our hands and now only we as a nation can fix this!

Secondly, if the reef dies it will be a massive lost to the coastal habitat of Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef is like a huge living thing; spawning and creating feeding grounds for all kinds of marine animals like sharks, turtles, fish, birds, whales, dolphins, stingrays and so many more. Meaning that if the reef dies, which is their home, most of them will die along with it or have to move elsewhere, leaving Australia and the coast of Queensland with no marine wildlife to see and study. We must save the Great Barrier Reef before we lose this rare wildlife.

Thirdly, every year around about 2 million people visit the Great Barrier Reef from all around the world, and from that, the Queensland Government receives 5.4 billion dollars into their economy. If we lose the Great Barrier Reef, hundreds of tour guides will lose their jobs because there will be nothing to show them. Scientists that have dedicated their lives searching and studying the reef will also lose their jobs because there will be no reef to study. If the reef dies so do thousands of jobs along with it.

Finally, scientists predict that if we don’t take care of this reef right now it could be all gone within 40-50 years. This could also happen to all reefs around the world. Left with only a graveyard of white-beached coral, skeletons of dead fish, and humanity will be the cause of this lost paradise because we couldn’t and didn’t take care of it. 22% of coral in the Great Barrier Reef has already been affected by bleaching and we mustn’t let this percentage increase. The Great Barrier Reef is a living thing! Together let’s make it healthier again before it disappears.

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reflection

Doing this assessment was a great learning experience for me. I got to use and gain confidence with different types of learning tools like Thinglink and Adobe Sparks, which will help me other assessments that I will have to do in the future. I also enjoyed learning about the Great Barrier Reef because I didn’t know anything about how it is dying and how we are the only ones that can save it. The damage that has occurred over the last 20 years as a result of human impact is frightening, and it seems, will continue without some sort of change in behaviour.

I learnt a lot about using different types of persuasive writing features that are effective and work to engage the audience. The language, statistics and writing structure hopefully had the reader wanting to hear more and help convince them of my point of view. Hopefully they will want to save the Great Barrier Reef as much as I do because I have made them interested and they now care about what I’m talking about.

It was challenging searching for strong images to use for the visual text that relate to my topic, to try and make the audience interested and get on board with what the message is. Using Photoshop and thinking of effective slogans and titles was fun and I learnt a lot about the Generations through discussions with my parents. This assessment also helped to develop my organisational skills. I had to plan ahead and get things done progressively over time, while also putting in detail and all the presentation features. I think that I did really well for my first English assignment and it will help to prepare me for my next one when it comes.

references

http://www.greatbarrierreef.org/about-the-reef/great-barrier-reef-facts/

http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/about-the-reef/facts-about-the-great-barrier-reef

http://www.abc.net.au/austory/content/2016/s4624562.htm

photo credit

http://australianwonder.weebly.com/great-barrier-reef.html

http://www.diveplanit.com/dive-site/moore-reef-great-barrier-reef/

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/03/29/widespread_coral_bleaching_in_australia_s_great_barrier_reef.html

Credits:

Created with images by lockthegate - "Great Barrier Reef" • steinchen - "great barrier reef diving coral" • powerofgreatbarrierreef - "Power_Of_Great_Barrier_Reef_062" • wanzi989813 - "harbour fish coral" • R/DV/RS - "Clown fish guarding his sea anemone" • joakant - "diving underwater water" • Eulinky - "Great Barrier Reef 18" • Kyle Taylor, Dream It. Do It. - "The Great Barrier Reef - 076" • brian.gratwicke - "Blue-Green Chromis" • Kyle Taylor, Dream It. Do It. - "The Great Barrier Reef - 173" • NOAA Photo Library - "reef2189" • Derek Keats - "Corals with Acanthaster damage visible on one colony (white) at Gota Abu Ramada, Red Sea, Egypt #SCUBA" • procsilas - "dead forest"

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