Ellen DeGeneres, the US talk show host, joined Disney’s campaign to save Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, saying it is critical that the reef is protected. DeGeneres appeared on a video which was posted on the official Disney website.
Her call to protect the Great Barrier Reef came as Disney prepares for the release of the sequel to “Finding Nemo,” which is called “Finding Dory.” DeGeneres, 58, has lent her voice to Dory, a forgetful reef fish and that this animated movie was inspired by marine reef life in Australia.
“Hi Australia, it’s me, Ellen DeGeneres,” 9 News quoted her as saying in the video that she recorded on Wednesday for the “Remember the Reef” project. “As you may know, I’m a big fan of your beautiful, great, wonderful Great Barrier Reef, which is home to my favorite 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,” DeGeneres said.
“Finding Nemo” was set in the Great Barrier Reef and Disney has confirmed that the project will highlight the growing environmental threat to the area. According to the website of “Remember the Reef,” the Great Barrier Reef is under threat from bleaching, climate change, storm-related damages, and poor quality of water.
The Daily Mail reported that besides raising awareness, the campaign has also set practical goals, which include plans to restore wetlands that would help protect the reef. To achieve the goal, “Remember the Reef” has teamed up with Greenfleet, a non-profit organization. The campaign’s other partners include Sea Life Aquariums, Qantas, and Airbnb.
According to Disney, spreading awareness will help preserve the Great Barrier Reef for the future generations.
“The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world,” it said. “Helping to raise awareness of the decline in the reef and inspire people to make a difference, ensuring its beauty and diversity will remain for generations to come.”