Bowen students will come together tomorrow (Thursday 5 October) to explore how their and the community’s actions can make a difference to the future of the Great Barrier Reef.
Fifty-two students from five local schools will take part in the annual Future Leaders Eco Challenge as part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardian Schools program.
Reef Guardian Schools program manager Megan Connell said the annual eco challenge event encouraged students to implement projects and activities showcasing citizen science and stewardship in Reef catchment communities.
Ms Connell said students would take part in activities that challenged them to consider their role in mitigating the threats to the Reef, and participate in workshops delivered by environmental experts.
“The eco challenge aims to guide everyday actions and will go a long way toward a resilient Great Barrier Reef for future generations,” she said.
“Bowen students will participate in hands-on activities at Yasso Point, the Bowen Research Facility and Gordon’s Beach where they will learn about land-base run-off, the importance of coastal vegetation, and the impact of marine debris.”
The theme of this year’s eco challenges is to address the five key threats to the Reef – climate change, water quality, coastal development, direct use and marine debris.
The event is supported by local partners including Queens Beach Action Group (QBAG), Gudjuda Rangers, Bowen Gumlu Growers, Grow Com, Green Army, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Bowen Burdekin Local Marine Advisory Committee.
Students and teachers will take home activities, skills and project ideas that they can implement in their own schools. These community stewardship activities contribute to the Reef 2050 Plan, the Australian and Queensland governments’ 35-year plan for protecting the Great Barrier Reef.
Now in its 15th year, the Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardian Schools program includes more than 300 schools and over 127,000 students from Torres Strait to Brisbane taking part in Reef education and environmental stewardship in their local area.
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