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How can we all help the Environment

Environmental Stewardship

Environmental issues are global and we can all make positive changes, no matter how small we may feel our actions may be. It could be as simple as choosing energy efficient products, decreasing our use of singe use plastics or helping to improve water quality by being aware of what goes into our waterways. This may be as simple as choosing biodegradable and phosphate-free cleaning and household products.

As an individual we may not think our actions worthwhile, but collectively, we can all make a difference.

Reducing our carbon footprint

Greenhouse gas emissions are produced from using electricity, from the fuel in our cars and from using products that require fuel and electricity. Increased concentrations of greenhouse gas emissions are responsible for climate change. Here’s some tips from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority about how we can all help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our carbon footprint:

Citizen of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Switch to ‘green’ electricity produced from renewable sources by contacting your energy provider.
  • Use energy efficient lights.
  • Choose energy efficient products.
  • Turn off electrical devices such as televisions when not in use.
  • Turn off lights around the house.
  • Refuse, reduce, re-use and recycle.
  • Use less hot water.
  • Dry your clothes the natural way, not in the dryer.
  • Plant trees which take up carbon dioxide as they grow.
  • Heat and cool your house efficiently.
  • Drive less: car pool, use public transport, walk or cycle.
  • Spread the word to others.
  • Offset or neutralise your greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information on Climate Change and what you can do to help look after the health of the Great Barrier Reef, you can talk to one of our Marine Biologists on board our reef cruises, or visit the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s website at www.gbrmpa.gov.au

Become a Citizen of the Great Barrier Reef

The Quicksilver Group is proudly a foundation member of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, a social movement we can all be a part of. If you are passionate about the future of our amazing world heritage icon, you can become a “Citizen” too. Spearheaded by Earth Hour founder, Andy Ridley, and now CEO of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, the mission is to engage a worldwide community to support positive action for the future of the Reef and the planet. 

To learn more about Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, check out our interview with Andy Ridley.