St Joseph's Regional College
The reef is a natural wonder: a complex miracle assembled over half a million years. Unfortunately, this icon of natural beauty has a very uncertain future. There are distinct threats, including climate change; poor water quality from runoff; illegal fishing; the Crown of Thorns starfish; marine debris; coastal development; oil spills from shipping. We have known of these threats for some time, yet to a large extent we have turned our backs and allowed the damage to continue. In many ways my work is a celebration and a commemoration. My hope is that the reef will live on.