Everyone Wants Leo DiCaprio To Come And See The Reef For Himself

Politicians are inviting Leo to visit, but scientists want to show him the real reef.

20/09/2016 4:55 PM AEST | Updated 20/09/2016 4:54 PM AEST
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Check your inbox, Leo, because it's time to pack the snorkel.

When Leonardo DiCaprio spoke passionately about how coral bleaching had devastated the Great Barrier Reef, he probably didn't expect a slew of invitations.

Yet the Queensland Government responded to the actor and conservationist's comments at the Our Oceans Conference in Washington DC by inviting him to see the reef for himself.

What did Leo say?

"This year, Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffered what is thought to be the largest bleaching event ever recorded.

"Over 600 miles of reef previously teeming with life is devastated. We are seeing this level of impact on coral reefs around the world."

Queensland deputy premier Jackie Trad last week said "he's absolutely welcome to come to Australia, to come to Queensland and to come to the Great Barrier Reef," Trad said in Brisbane as reported by The Australian.

"I know he's been there before and I really applaud his passion and his commitment to conserving and protecting the earth's oceans."

Yet not-for-profit organisation Great Barrier Reef Legacy is now offering a counter invitation for him to see the real reef.

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The Great Barrier Reef ,experienced the worst coral bleaching event in history last summer.
After all, the Queensland and Federal Governments' track records in reef protection has been chequered, with the approval of the world's largest coal port set to increase tanker traffic across the reef as well as lobbying on the global scale to have references of the Great Barrier Reef removed from a UN climate change report.

Marine scientist Dr Dean Miller said GBR Legacy wanted to offer DiCaprio a trip with "no political or media spin".

"All of us at the GBR Legacy live and breath the Great Barrier Reef every single day, and are seeing first hand the damage that climate change is doing here," Miller said in the invitation.

"We know you care and we know you want to inspire people to stand up and take action, just like we do.

"We would like to take you to the Great Barrier Reef and show you first hand what we see, no political or media spin, just the facts from the scientists themselves to show you what is really happening here."

Aroona Luxury Charters is putting up $54,000 to fund the free trip for the Hollywood star and the region's best marine scientists

DiCaprio is yet to respond to the invitations but if we were him, we'd be diving in like:

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