Ian Somerhalder and Mark Ruffalo spoke out to support efforts to save the Great Barrier Reef after the world Heritage Committee of UNESCO announced its conclusion that the health of the Reef is poor and demanded that the Australian government report back again in 18 months with concrete action to save the Reef.
The reef is located off the coast of Queensland, Australia, and is the largest living thing on Earth. It is even visible from space. The reef contains an ecosystem that comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands that are made of over 600 types of both hard and soft coral. It also contains many species of fish, mollusks, starfish, turtles, dolphins, and sharks.
“In our lifetime, half the coral cover of the Great Barrier Reef has gone,” Ian Somerhalder, who stars as Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries, said. “Really let that sink in – can you imagine a world without coral? But we are the generation that can reverse this massive destruction — not only for our oceans health but for all forms of life on this planet, including our own. We must stop coal development on the Great Barrier Reef and we must stop it now.”
Many environmental organizations, including Greenpeace, as well as scientists, environmentalists, and environmental activists, are campaigning to save the Reef.
“I stand with the 85% of Australians who say they want more protection for the Great Barrier Reef – not more coal industry expansion along the Reef,” Mark Ruffalo, best known for his role as The Hulk in The Avengers, said.
The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior is currently sailing the Great Barrier Reef to highlight the ongoing threat from climate change and coal mine and port expansion.
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