New educational material helps educate island visitors about climate change

Visitors to beautiful Lady Elliot Island can now add an educational element to their visit as they learn about climate change through a series of signs placed around the island.
The new educational signs are located at 11 sites around the island and provide visitors with a snapshot of how climate change will affect this small coral cay. The signs detail the impact of climate change on the marine environment and provide tips on how people can look after the Great Barrier Reef. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Chairman Russell Reichelt said the new trail was among a number of useful educational tools. "Climate change is one of the greatest threats to the Great Barrier Reef and we all have a role in protecting this great Australian icon," he said. "Educational activities like this are important in helping people understand how climate change will affect the Reef. "Visitors can actually stand at a place on the island and learn how that very spot will be affected by changes in the Earth's climate. "We hope the trail enhances the visitor experience and that visitors take away some useful environmental tips that they incorporate into their everyday lives." The interpretative material is in keeping with the environmental focus of the island, located offshore from Bundaberg. The island's resort uses low power light bulbs, a closed-circuit anaerobic sewerage waste management system and has just unveiled a new threephase solar hybrid power station to replace its diesel generators. They also collect and use rainwater and use a desalination system to purify seawater to fresh water for drinking. Lady Elliot Island is among the Commonwealth Islands in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. These islands are owned and managed by by the Australian Government.