Future leaders band together for health of the Reef

Published: 20/08/2013

Students from Reef Guardian Schools in the Douglas region are working together to help ensure the health of the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

Forty-five students from six local schools are taking part in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's 2013 Future Leaders Eco Challenge with students participating in environmental activities to learn new skills to help them look after their local ecosystems.

GBRMPA Reef Guardian Schools program manager, Megan Sperring, said students will learn how to think globally but act locally when it comes to protecting the health and resilience of the Reef.

“This year’s theme, ‘The Amazing Great Barrier Reef – Let’s Keep it Great’, will remind students how lucky we are to have a world-heritage listed icon right on our doorstep here in Queensland.

“On-ground sustainability projects in schools and in the community can help the Reef in a positive way and with the support of local environmental partners we are demonstrating that a practical, locally-based approach can make a real difference,” Ms Sperring said.

Students will gather at Four Mile Beach Park in Port Douglas and will be asked to imagine themselves as Reef Rangers in training in preparation for their first Reef Patrol. The day’s activities will include understanding the threat marine debris has to marine life followed by a beach clean-up with the help of Tangaroa Blue; a quiz on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park zoning; and a low tide safari with marine biologists from Wavelength Reef Charters and GBRMPA where the students will catalogue the biodiversity of the intertidal zone of Four Mile Beach.

Councillor Julia Leu from the Douglas region said the day was a great opportunity for students to increase their understanding of the biodiversity, management and human threats to the amazing Great Barrier Reef.

“Living in the Douglas region gives the students a strong connection to the Reef and the day provides a wonderful opportunity for them to learn about things they can do to look after it,” said Cr Julia Leu.

Reef Guardian Schools is an environmental education program run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

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