Bundaberg region students work together for the Reef

Students in the Bundaberg region will gather tomorrow (Thursday 3 August) to learn how their actions and those of their community can make a difference to the future of the Great Barrier Reef.

Thirty-eight students from seven schools will take part in the annual Future Leaders Eco Challenge as part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardian Schools program.

Reef Guardian Schools program manager Megan Connell said the annual event encouraged students to implement projects that showcase citizen science and stewardship in Reef catchment communities.

“Students will take part in activities that challenge them to consider their role in mitigating the threats to the Reef, and participate in workshops delivered by environmental experts,” she said.

“The eco challenge aims to guide everyday actions and will go a long way toward a resilient Great Barrier Reef for future generations.

“Bundaberg students will go out on the Lady Musgrave Experience where experts and marine scientists will talk to them about responsible Reef practices and water quality.”

The theme of this year’s eco challenges is to address the five key threats to the Reef – climate change, water quality, coastal development, direct use and marine debris.

Students and teachers will take home activities, skills and project ideas they can implement in their own schools. These community stewardship activities contribute to the Reef 2050 Plan, the Australian and Queensland governments’ 35-year plan for protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

Now in its 15th year, the Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardian Schools program includes more than 300 schools and over 127,000 students from Torres Strait to Brisbane taking part in Reef education and environmental stewardship in their local area.