The Great Barrier Reef - level 3
If you want to get your point across, showing the world footage like this is certainly one way to do it. This stunning footage tracks the release of a female green turtle through the Great Barrier Reef in Australia while wearing a carefully fitted GoPro.
Released by the World Wildlife Fund in Australia, these incredible pictures were shown to the world ahead of a key decision in the future of Australia's natural heritage.
It's been announced that the Australian government has been put on probation to improve protection of the Great Barrier Reef. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – or UNESCO – has said that the country must deliver effective and sustained protection of the reef from threats, including reckless industrialization and pollution.
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has voted to maintain pressure on Australia in order to make sure it keeps its promise to restore the health of the Great Barrier Reef. Eighteen months from now, the government is expected to report back on its progress.
The committee says it welcomes Australia's commitment to establish a permanent ban on dumping of dredged material from all capital dredging projects near the reef. The WWF says it expects a full ban on dumping in the World Heritage waters to come into force within months.
And with any luck, the turtle with the GoPro can report back from one of the most beautiful areas on the planet!
Difficult words: to get your point across (to use the right words or actions to tell something), stunning (amazing), release (to let something go), GoPro (a small wearable camera), release (to show), incredible (great), heritage (something important to a place), announce (to officially say something), probation (the period of testing), reckless (not careful), dredge (to clean out the bed of an area of water).
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