The video from the World Wildlife Fund is intended to highlight the fragile beauty of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. It's the world's largest reef system, made up of nearly 3,000 smaller individual reefs, and it spans 1,400 miles. It's the largest structure made up of living organisms (coral, you so crazy) and contains thousands of species, including some that are considered to be at risk of extinction. You can even spot it from space!
The WWF and other environmental groups are pushing for the reef to be listed as “in danger,” which would mean the Australian government would have to work harder to protect it from pollution, dredging, fishing and other dangers. On July 1, UNESCO announced that it wouldn't give the reef an “in danger” designation, though it acknowledged that the health of the reef continues to decline.
Australian officials have committed to fixing these problems without the designation being put into place, but some environmental groups remain skeptical.
“Until the plans for the massive coal mine and port expansion are dropped, it's impossible to take Australia's claims that they are protecting the reef seriously,” Greenpeace's Jess Panegyres told the BBC.