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breathtaking landscapes unfathomable
mysteries nature thrills our hearts and cause us to adventure earth is a
precious miracle billions of years in the making now the natural world is
under threat wild and beautiful places are disappearing fast 16 million
hectares of natural forests destroyed every year
one-third of all coral threatened with extinction glaciers melting sea levels
rising this isn’t a movie this is real it’s time to step forward and find out
what’s happening it’s time to listen to the adventurers on the front lines we
search the globe for these behind-the-scenes eco heroes passionate
about protecting the planet and securing a sustainable future
what drives them to save the beyond we travel to Australia to one of the
world’s natural wonders the Great Barrier Reef at almost 350,000
kilometers in size it is the world’s largest reef system here we find our eco
hero Nathan Cook marine scientist and reef
restoration expert Nathan specializes in innovative solutions to environmental
challenges facing tropical marine ecosystems and the people who love and
depend upon them what drives him to save the beyond the Great Barrier Reef is the
largest coral reef ecosystem on the planet it can be seen from outer space
it covers 2300 kilometers of the North Queensland coastline made up of 3,000
individual coral reefs it’s amazingly diverse it’s wonderfully beautiful and
for millennia it’s been extremely pristine and that’s how many people will
remember it 30 years ago this place was on land looking much like it does now in
the water it was full of life and the reefs were very beautiful very
spectacular that was 30 years ago and so all the damage that we’ve seen has been
done since that time one of the active reef restoration techniques that we
specialize in is what’s called coral gardening it’s nothing new it’s been
going on around the world for over 20 years and we take fragments from donor
corals or we might find them loose around the reef and we transplant them
to areas that have been degraded so we can attach these to the reef using
cement or two-part epoxy and once they’ve got that stable base
they can grow in that new location and hopefully help regenerate that degraded
reef so with recent disturbances threatening the health of ecosystems
like the Great Barrier Reef there’s a lot of people and different agencies
working to develop solutions to assist the recovery stewardship custodian
abilities of people interacting with the Great Barrier Reef I first saw mass
bleaching in Ishigaki Island Iced by studying the cars of Japan and I came
across this patch where oh yeah everything was white and I thought
someone had poison or something into the water but then no road goes to the
southern tip of Ischia island what’s it doing and then I realized this was the
first time I’ve ever seen a mass bleaching the messages and the story is
quite complex you know what happens to corals when they bleach and how they
might or might not die depending on what happens to them it’s it’s not as cut and
dried as we would all like it to be with a complicated message you need to
develop innovative ideas to be able to educate people make them aware of the
issues and what they can do to be involved in some of the solutions thirty years ago we had 280 parts per
million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere now that makes it a rare gas
now we have 400 will here 500 parts per million this will happen it can’t not
happen everyone can make a difference in trying to support the health of these
ecosystems if we all contribute our little bit it’s that a whole economies
of scale that’s going to make a difference to our global community and
really impact these ecosystems we continue our search of the globe for
eco heroes shedding light on their vital work inspiring each and every one of us
to become heroes – together we have the power to save the beyond

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