Ellen DeGeneres makes a public plea to save an Aussie favourite

Popular talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is known for her love of animals and the environment and now she is

Popular talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is known for her love of animals and the environment and now she is bringing that love all the way to Australia as part of a plan to help save the Great Barrier Reef.

Ellen, whose new movie Finding Dory is set in the Reef, released a video message asking Australia to join her in saving the beautiful natural wonder, which is under threat from global warming and coral bleaching.

“Hi Australia, it’s me, Ellen DeGeneres,” she says in the video.

“As you may know, I’m a big fan of your beautiful, great, wonderful Great Barrier Reef, which is home to my favourite fish, Dory.

“And as you may remember – but Dory probably doesn’t – she’s a blue tang and has many other amazing species that live in the reef with her.

“It’s critical that we protect this amazing place, and we’d like your help.”

Her call to action is part of a wider Disney campaign, Remember The Reef, which aims to bring awareness to the reef around the world.

“Not only is it beautiful, it is home to the most diverse range of plants and animals like Regal Blue Tangs (Dory), Clownfish (Nemo and Marlin), green sea turtles and so much more,” Disney says on its website.”

Ellen hopes that raising awareness of the reef’s decline will ensure its beauty and diversity lives on for future generations.

“The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world,” it says.

“Like many coral reefs worldwide, the Great Barrier Reef is under threat from bleaching, storm damage, poor water quality and climate change.”

Ellen has long been a fan of Australia and his married to Aussie actress Portia De Rossi. The couple are vegans and regularly rescue and adopt animals from local shelters.

The plight of the reef has been a major concern lately, with environmentalists calling for people to take action on climate change to stop naturally occurring coral bleaching and help return the reef to its former glory.

It has already become a hot topic in the election, with Labor pledging $500 million to support the reef if elected.

What do you think about Ellen’s involvement in trying to save the reef? Do you think more needs to be done to protect the Great Barrier Reef?

  1. What really makes me so angry is that as far back as the late 1970s well known scientists and environmentalists were warning about the problems ahead for not only the reef, but lots of other flora and fauna. Governments – andf the public – labelled these people “greenies” at the time and they were treated with contempt.

    The saving of the Great Barrier Reef is so overdue that I would be surprised if any real headway was made in the next few years. A series of governments have pledged to do more, but somehow there is never enough done to stop farm chemical and mining residue run off. The time to do something about the reef – along with koalas and other native animals – has pretty much passed and I don’t honestly think that people in government are keen enough to – just for once – put wildlife and the environment ahead of other things. I understand that business which brings in money to Australia is desperately important – but let’s remember that the tourism industry is the most lucrative we have! Mining is failing but politicians can’t grasp the fact that solar and wind are the only sustainable future and that fossil fuels are fading. Heaven help any life in outer space if we ever get to those planets, they must be terrified that we humans with our rapacious appetite for everything the planet has to offer, are going to find them.

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