Ways to be a better citizen
Wondering how you can lend a hand in protecting this world-class paradise? There are a whole heap of ways you can help. Dispose of your litter appropriatley, so that it doesn’t end up in the ocean. Even something as small as a cigarette butt can harm marine life on the Great Barrier Reef. If you do see rubbish out in the water, lend a helping hand and either retrieve it and dispose of it later or report it to Eye on the Reef, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s reef-monitoring program. Also avoid single-use plastics wherever possible.
The easiest way for you to help is to become a Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef. This global social movement aims to create a worldwide community of Citizens dedicated to taking tangible actions to secure the future of the Great Barrier Reef and the planet. Sign up to become a Citizen of the Great Barrier Reef at citizensgbr.org.
If you’re lingering in Tropical North Queensland, you might want to reach out to one of the great organisations protecting the environment. Ask the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre if you can help nurse marine turtles back to health. Tangaroa Blue, which focuses on preventing and removing marine debris, always needs volunteers with a range of skills. Near Atherton, an 80-minute drive from Cairns, you can hand-feed baby bats at the Tolga Bat Hospital on a behind the scenes tour or request to volunteer onsite.