Call to Action Messages for the Great Barrier Reef

When presenting information about the Great Barrier Reef, there are some key messages that you can include so that your clients are motivated to 'do their bit' for the Reef once they have returned from their holiday.

For example, when you have finished a guided snorkel tour you could conclude with: 'If you enjoyed the beautiful reef you have seen today, you can help protect it when you return home by keeping your drains and gutters free of chemicals and rubbish. What goes into drains, creeks and rivers ultimately ends up in the ocean'.

Some key call to action messages are:

  • When you go shopping take reusable shopping bags, rather than using a new disposable plastic bag each time. Thousands of plastic bags end up in the sea and often in the stomachs of our marine wildlife, mistaken for a tasty jellyfish.
  • Keep your drains and gutters free of chemicals and rubbish. What goes into drains, creeks and rivers ultimately ends up in the ocean.
  • Pick up litter and put it in the bin, recycle what you can. This will help keep the Great Barrier Reef clear and free of litter.
  • Wash your car on the lawn instead of in your driveway or on the street. The detergents you use may wash into nearby drains and end up in local waterways and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Use compost to fertilise your garden, rather than shop-bought fertilizers. We all need to help reduce the level of nutrients flowing into the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Plant trees and groundcover around your home, farm and work area to capture rainwater, and to minimise runoff and soil erosion. Sediments that flow from the land and into the Great Barrier Reef are seriously affecting the Reef.
  • Participate in local community clean-up days. By all working together we can help protect the Great Barrier Reef from litter and pollution.
  • Offset your travel on this holiday as your contribution to reducing green house emissions.
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