by: Thomas Chadwick

Despite what has been said, the Great Barrier Reef is not dead, only dying. And even though it is dying, it can still be saved.

After Outside Magazine published an obituary talking about the Great Barrier reef, everyone thought it was dead. However, the writer of the obituary was not writing about its death but merely trying to emphasize the point that we need to save it before it is too late. Most readers didn’t see this and assumed that it was dead, which is what caused all this confusion. Russell Brainard, chief of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Program at NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, has said, “This sort of over-the-top story makes the situation much worse by conveying loss of hope rather than a need for global society to take actions to reverse these discouraging downward trends.”

Many other scientists agree and are saying that we need to work at stopping and reversing the damage on the coral reef and not give up hope. According to an ARC Centre report, 93% of the reef is affected by bleaching. However, more than half of the reef is still alive and can still be saved.There have been many steps taken to preserve and improve the reef by the Australian government, but there are still a lot of steps that need to be taken and fast, according to the first Reef 2050 Plan annual report.