The State of the Great Barrier Reef

by isvolunteers on Sunday, 6 November 2016

A lot of information has been circulating around the internet about the state of the Great Barrier Reef, but to make sure ISV’s prospective travelers have correct details, we’ve spoken to our tour operators to direct you to the most accurate and up-to-date news on it’s current state.

2016-08-02-passiong-g5-16

On ISV’s adventure tour in Australia, volunteers will have the opportunity to explore the diversity of marine life from the largest reef of living coral in the world. (c) Brodie Philp

ocean-rafting-g3

Volunteers Ocean Rafting at the fringing reef on the Whitsunday Islands. (c) Brodie Philp

A few weeks ago, the article Obituary: Great Barrier Reef (25 Million BC-2016) by Rowan Jacobsen went viral on social media. Some of you may have seen it shared, or even shared it yourself.

What some people aren’t aware of, is that the original article was actually intended as an important piece of satire to raise awareness about the threats to the Great Barrier Reef – but when taken literally, it’s not a correct interpretation of the current state of this natural wonder.

Part of ISV’s mission statement is to educate our participants on sustainable development and responsible tourism practices. As our participants who have traveled to Australia know, the reef is an important part of the adventure tour – so we asked our trusted partners of Passions of Paradise (our Great Barrier Reef diving and sailing operator) and Reef Teach (a reef education centre) in Cairns for a response to this article. They experience the reef first hand on a daily basis and have backgrounds in marine ecology.

passions

Snorkelling in the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. (c) Passions of Paradise

Passions of Paradise and Reef Teach
have suggested that these recent articles shed a better light on the current state of the reef.

Statement from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Dr Russell Reichelt

The Great Barrier Reef is not actually dead 

While the Great Barrier Reef is not dead, it is indeed facing serious risks to its survival. Among its greatest threats are the warming waters and increasingly acidifying oceans – two direct impacts of climate change.

11695981_10153433440693164_8214551811071173544_n

“While the Great Barrier Reef is not dead, it is indeed facing serious risks to its survival.” (c) Brodie Philp

As a global community we all need to do our bit to help reduce the damaging effects of climate change that threaten this incredible natural wonder.

As ISV volunteers you can travel knowing that every one we work with has demonstrated leadership in ecotourism practices and a commitment to responsible travel. You’ll spend your summer working with amazing community groups who work tirelessly to protect natural wonders, not only in Australia but all over the globe.

2016-07-10-passions-g4-12

“…travel knowing that every one we work with has demonstrated leadership in ecotourism practices and a commitment to responsible travel.” (c) Brodie Philp

Want to know more about combating climate change? Check out these other blogs from ISV.

Positively Impact Your World Through Combating Climate Change

Our Future, Our Choice: Stand Up For Climate Change Action

ISV Action For Climate Change

ISV And The Millennium Development Goals – Volunteering To Ensure Environmental Sustainability

To find out more about volunteering with International Student Volunteers, visit our website or email info@isvolunteers.org.

 

{ 0 comments }

How ISV volunteers made a positive impact to the natural environment of South Eastern Australia

October 19, 2016

ISV Australia Project Leader Nicola Palmer reflects on her time leading an ISV volunteer team and conservation project with ISV partner DEWNR in South Australia. DEWNR, South Australia’s Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources have been working with ISV for three years to make a positive impact to the natural environment in the South […]

Read the full article →

Entries in the 2016 Video and Photo Contest Now Open!

September 18, 2016

If you haven’t already seen the news, we’re thrilled to announce that entries have officially opened for ISV’s 2016 Video and Photo Contests! While it’s always sad to reach the end of another travel season, one of the highlights of the year is viewing the incredible images that tell the stories of the meaningful work […]

Read the full article →

Wild Mountains Poetry

August 19, 2016

ISV’s projects are jam-packed with meaningful work and fun educational opportunities, but as our volunteers at Wild Mountains in Northern Australia found out, they can also be a great time for reflection and creativity.  By Lilli Nicolson, ISV Australia Project Leader Our time at Wild Mountains in 2015 involved getting back in touch with the rhythms […]

Read the full article →

Conserving the New South Wales coast with Conservation Volunteers Australia

July 4, 2016

Australian Project Leader, Clementine Watson shares her experience leading projects along the north coast of NSW with ISV partner Conservation Volunteers Australia. This season I led four projects along the New South Wales (NSW) coast with ISV’s partner Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) Newcastle. Where we worked We teamed up with lots of local partners including the […]

Read the full article →

Battling Weeds and Building Friendships with Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Australia

June 7, 2016

ISV Australia Project Leader Meg Cossar paints a picture of the volunteer experience working with ISV partner Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) last season, exploring some of the country’s most spectacular locations and protecting threatened species and unique places. After a long flight and arriving on a cold, wintry evening, seven young volunteers from the United States […]

Read the full article →

Cambodia: Ancient, Vibrant and Fascinating

May 24, 2016

ISV’s Thailand Tour Manager, Jing Srimanas, discusses what’s in store this season on ISV’s Ancient Cambodia Excursion – a remarkable 6 day optional extra for participants traveling to Thailand. Cambodia is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, with the Siem Reap province in the north-west being a particular drawcard due to […]

Read the full article →

Our Volunteer Experience at Bellbunya, Australia

May 16, 2016

ISV Australia Project Leader, Tansy Boggon, and ISV participants reflect on their experiences with Bellbunya. ISV have been partnering with this community who are a living example of sustainable lifestyle choices, using renewable energy and producing their own food in the Sunshine Coast hinterland of Queensland. This is a habitat conservation project working towards the long-term goal of […]

Read the full article →

Protecting Tropical Queensland Environments and Searching for Mahogany Gliders

May 2, 2016

Australian Project Leader Carla Meers, herself an ISV alumnus, led three projects with our long-term partner Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) in Townsville in 2015. Before leading new groups in 2016, Carla gives an insight into the stunning environments ISV volunteers helped protect and the people they worked with during their two-week conservation project last season. Big Crystal […]

Read the full article →

Making An Impact At The Chintsa East Soup Kitchen in South Africa

April 11, 2016

Last year, ISV volunteers in South Africa had the opportunity to help the Chintsa East Soup Kitchen provide food to local children. After receiving a touching letter from their Secretary, we wanted to share the inspiring history of this initiative and the valuable contribution our volunteers made in 2015.  “Thank you for choosing our little piece of paradise to make a difference. Thank […]

Read the full article →

Connecting Landscapes with Conservation Volunteers Australia

March 28, 2016

ISV Australia Project Leader Joe Park reflects on his incredible experience working with Conservation Volunteers Australia, one of our long-term project partners. Leading two sensational ISV groups in southern Australia, these projects aimed to link fragmented habitats to create a flourishing wildlife highway.  As a Project Leader for ISV in 2015, I was fortunate enough to lead two projects […]

Read the full article →

Happy International Women’s Day for the 8th of March 2016

March 8, 2016

In celebrating International Women’s Day on the 8th March 2016, International Student Volunteers continues to encourage women locally and globally to think, imagine and dream about what they wish to be and wish to accomplish in their lives, no matter how big or small. In the past few seasons, around 80% of our ISV students have been female, showing that […]

Read the full article →

Bula Vinaka! ISV’s Tropical Fiji Excursion

March 3, 2016

In this blog we will focus on two of the incredible locations on our Tropical Fiji Escape!  Going Barefoot in the Fijian Yasawa Islands We’re super-excited to offer ISV participants traveling to Australia and New Zealand this May to September the option of joining our Fiji excursion after their 4-week program.  This is the pinnacle of years […]

Read the full article →

Six FAQs About Safety When Traveling to South Africa

March 1, 2016

Wanting to travel to South Africa but are concerned about safety? Fear not!! ISV has incredibly well designed and implemented safety procedures to ensure that you are well prepared, well orientated and well looked after when we host you on the African continent. Here are six Frequently Asked Questions about the safety of South Africa: 1: I have […]

Read the full article →

The Hill Tribes Of Thailand

February 16, 2016

Participants on the ISV Program in Thailand have the opportunity to help hill tribe communities in the north through our community development volunteer projects. But who exactly are hill tribe people and how do they differ from one another? The origins of hill tribe people can be traced back to China, where over the years they migrated to countries […]

Read the full article →