Author: Dr Peter Ridd

Published: July 19, 2023

An overwhelming majority of today's youth have been warned about the dire state of the reef, yet surprisingly few have had the opportunity to witness it firsthand. Recognizing the importance of connecting young minds with the reality of the situation, we organized a transformative expedition. A group of enthusiastic young individuals were taken on an eye-opening journey to both the reef and the neighboring agricultural areas, allowing them to see the situation for themselves.

During this educational adventure, we went a step further and arranged a visit to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority offices. Here, they had the unique opportunity to engage directly with experts and learn about the scientific assessments detailing the challenges the reef faces. We believe that firsthand experiences coupled with expert insights are powerful catalysts for fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the environment.

By immersing these young minds in the delicate ecosystem, we aimed to inspire a new generation of stewards who can contribute to the conservation and preservation of the Great Barrier Reef and other natural wonders. Through this experience, we hope to instill a sense of responsibility and urgency, empowering them to take the right action and make a positive impact.