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Ellen urges Australia to save the Great Barrier Reef

Ellen urges Australia to save the Great Barrier Reef

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Climate change and pollution are doing some great damage to Mother Nature and our favorite daytime TV host Ellen DeGeneres is trying her best to raise awareness about the issue.

In a new video message for Australia, Ellen urges people to help save the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

The Great Barrier Reef stretches 2,300 kilometres down the eastern coast of Australia, covering an area the size of Italy.

It is home to the most diverse range of plants and animals like Regal Blue Tangs (Dory), Clownfish (Nemo and Marlin), green sea turtles and many, many more.

‘Hi Australia, it’s me, Ellen DeGeneres. As you may know, I’m a big fan of the beautiful, great, wonderful Great Barrier Reef, which is home to my favourite fish, Dory,’ Ellen says, referencing to the adorable but terribly forgetful character she voices in Finding Nemo and its upcoming sequel, Finding Dory.

‘As you may remember – but Dory probably doesn’t – she’s a Blue Tang, and has many other amazing species that live in the reef with her. It’s critical that we protect this amazing place, and we’d like your help.’

Ellen asks people to visit Disney’s Remember the Reef website to learn more about conservation and how they can help prevent the reef’s decline.

Watch her plead here:

 

Coral reefs are home to about 25% of all ocean organisms even though they cover less than 1% of the ocean floor. In fact, scientists call coral reefs the ’Rainforests of the Sea.’

However, like many coral reefs worldwide, the Great Barrier Reef is under threat from bleaching, storm damage, poor water quality and climate change.

‘We want to Remember the Reef to celebrate the role the Great Barrier Reef played in inspiring the characters we love. Helping to raise awareness of the decline in the reef and inspire people to make a difference, ensuring its beauty and diversity will remain for generations to come,’ says the campaign’s website.

The Guardian has since published a gallery of photos titled ‘Coral graveyard: the aftermath of bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef‘ to let people understand the damages the reefs are suffering.