"I grew up in a small country town in Western Australia, 270 kilometres from the ocean, so I never dreamed I would end up with the most exciting job in the world - teaching people Scuba Diving for a living at the Great Barrier Reef.
"But when I tried my first ever scuba dive while on holidays at the Great Barrier Reef, I was hooked straight away. Immersed in the ever-changing light-filled world of fish and coral, I knew that I wanted to live and work at the Reef forever.
"Eight years and more than 2000 dives later, I’m still here, and couldn't imagine a better job. The ocean is my office, I get to hang out with turtles and manta rays, meet interesting people from all over the world, and change peoples' lives by educating them about the magical underwater world.
"Witnessing coral bleaching in 2016 and 2017 was an eye-opening, life-changing event for me. Watching some of the beautiful corals suffering through the two worst coral bleaching events of all time made it clear that our world leaders really do not have climate change under control and are not doing enough to help the Reef. I started volunteering for the Australian Marine Conservation Society. And in October 2017, myself and a number of colleagues from the GBR dive industry banded together to form DFRC."
Tanya Murphy, founder and coordinator of Divers for Reef Conservation, is a scuba diving instructor working on the Great Barrier Reef for 7 years. Now, she is urging our politicians to take bold climate action to save our Reef for future generations.
"Pretty much the entire economy of Cairns is based around Reef tourism... It's about saving the most valuable marine ecosystem in the world."Tanya Murphy, Scuba Diving Instructor at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park shared her video story with us.Add your voice to the global call to #FightForOurReef >> bit.ly/RescueOurReef
Kristy is one of 64,000 people whose livelihood relies on a healthy Great Barrier Reef - and she's doing everything she can to make this the #ClimateElection. Where do your candidates stand? Use this handy online tool to email your local candidates and urge them to #StopAdani and embrace renewables: https://www.marineconservation.org.au/actions/election-stop-adani/
Glen has worked on the Great Barrier Reef for 27 years - he's seen the impacts of climate change in marine heatwaves. This election Glen's calling on all politicians to back clean renewable energy to protect the future of our beautiful Reef. Stand with Reef industry workers - use our online tool to email your local local candidates and urge them to #StopAdani and embrace renewables: https://www.marineconservation.org.au/actions/election-stop-adani/
Paul is a local skipper and dive instructor who instantly fell in love with the Great Barrier Reef. This #ClimateElection, he is urging our politicians to take strong action on climate change. Like and Share to help spread Paul's message!
Richard has been diving on the Great Barrier Reef for 40 years. He's been gutted to see the damage caused by global warming and is urging all politicians to cut carbon pollution to protect the future of our Reef.Join him to pressure candidates to #StopAdani and fast-track the renewable energy transition 🐠 www.marineconservation.org.au/actions/election-stop-adani
Louisa is a Master Reef Guide on Sailaway Port Douglas. She loves taking people from all around the world to see the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef - and she's calling on all politicians to take bold climate action to protect our natural wonder.Join Louisa to raise the pressure on your local politicians using this link ➡️ https://www.marineconservation.org.au/actions/election-stop-adani/