Attenborough showcases our Great Barrier Reef

Attenborough showcases our Great Barrier Reef

Minister for the Environment, Dr Steven Miles said the ‘Great Barrier Reef with Sir David Attenborough’ series was an awe-inspiring look at the world famous site. “Showcasing the reef is great for entertainment but it is also vital for survival. When people see the reef they understand what’s at stake. The documentaries are a beautiful and timely reminder of how incredibly precious and fragile our Great Barrier Reef is, and the diversity of life that it supports.”

The second episode of the series focuses on the work being undertaken by the Queensland Government, BHP Billiton, Traditional Owners and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to support the endangered green turtle which nests on Raine Island in the Great Barrier Reef. “It highlights what can be achieved when science, academia, industry and the community work together – this is the kind of ‘all in approach’ needed to tackle some of the global challenges facing the reef now and in the future,” Dr Miles said.

Dr Miles said it was an honour to meet the famous documentarian in Paris late last year and that Sir David had great hope for the future of the Reef but had urged the state and federal governments to do all they can to protect it. “In Queensland we are doing our part to build the reef’s resilience now to buffer climate impacts by reducing sediment and nutrient run-off into the reef, banning the dumping of dredge spoil in the World Heritage Area and increasing protected fish habitat areas.

The series is on ABC again this Sunday night, but if you missed last week go to ABC playback to see episode 1.