Ellen DeGeneres urges Australians to help save Great Barrier Reef

Video message part of Remember the Reef campaign launched to coincide with release of Finding Dory

Ellen DeGeneres urges Australians to help save Great Barrier Reef

Ellen DeGeneres has joined the fight to save the Great Barrier Reef with a video message urging Australians to take action on saving this amazing place.

The video message is part of a Remember the Reef campaign launched to coincide with the release of her latest film, Finding Dory, in which she plays a reef-dwelling blue tang fish with short-term memory loss, and coincides with a Guardian special report on the future of the reef and what can be done to save it.

Hi Australia, its me, Ellen DeGeneres, she says. As you know Im 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 doesnt shes a blue tang and has many other amazing species that live in the Great Barrier Reef with her. Its critical that we protect this amazing place, and wed like your help.

The message is part of a wider Disney campaign with the Great Barrier Reef marine park authority that provides Finding Dory-themed educational materials to help raise awareness of the decline of the reef, and advises how to take action at a personal level.

It is also involves Greenfleet, which works to restore the wet tropics region of the Queensland coastline through tree planting in the reefs upper catchment and mangrove restoration.

Restored wetlands store carbon at higher rates than forests on land, taking climate action to counter coral bleaching, the campaign website says. But they also filter sediment and toxins flowing from the Queensland hills into the Great Barrier Reef, thereby improving water quality so new coral can grow.

We want to Remember the Reef to celebrate the role the Great Barrier Reef played in inspiring the characters we love.

Finding Dory is released worldwide on 17 June. It is the sequel to the 2003 film Finding Nemo

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/jun/08/ellen-degeneres-urges-australians-to-help-save-great-barrier-reef