The Reef: listening, heeding, acting

The Reef: deep listening, heeding the science, acting faithfully

FEN is very excited to announce another online opportunity for Deep listening on September 14th at 5pm AEST. 

This time we will listen deeply to the Great Barrier Reef.

We will have presentations, live Q&A, small group discussion, and opportunities to take action in response to what we have heard.


Dr Jon Day is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with the ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University.  He is a former director of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and was involved in many aspects of planning and managing the Great Barrier Reef.  His responsibilities included biodiversity conservation, park planning, World Heritage, Indigenous Partnerships, Reef rezoning and commencing the first GBR Outlook Report.


Myree Sam is a proud fluent speaker of Kalaw Kawaw Ya, the traditional language of Saibai Island in the Torres Strait where she grew up. She is a member of the Sui-Baydham Clan. Myree is the First Nations Education consultant for Catholic Education Services in Cairns, where she works directly with teaching staff in schools, building understanding and cultural awareness to best inform teaching practice.

Myree will speak about First Nations Sustainable practices/protocols and connectedness to Land Sea and Sky. 

Gudju Gudju Fourmile will come to us via a prerecorded talk. He is a Gimuy Walibara Yidinji elder.  We will share a video originally presented to the Australian Earth Laws Alliance as part of the Great Barrier Reef Case they brought to the International Rights of Nature Tribunal. 

Gudju Gudju is the cofounder of Abriculture- advancing Traditional ecological knowledge and tribal ecology in partnership with Western science.


Join us to hear from Jon, Myree and Gudju Gudju, and to participate in the Q&A and small group discussion.



Grab a ticket through trybooking.  You can join us for free, or make a donation to the cost of the event and FEN's broader work.


Optional resources

Get even more out of the night by watching some of these videos before-hand...

The ABC recently prepared a short story on Climate change and the reef, and the issues around it's near-clasification as "In Danger": Climate change redress needed to stop damage to the Great Barrier Reef

If you subscribe to Netflix, or are willing to start a free one month trial, there is a very powerful segment about the Reef on the Netflix/Attenborough documentary, Breaking Boundaries

You can go directly to the segment on the reef via this link  (it's about 47:40 into the documentary)

Find out about the Yirrganydji Land and Sea Rangers at their website or by watching this video (5 mins):

More on Indigenous rangers on the Reef (5 mins):

An overview of The Great Barrier Reef: Coral, Carbon & Climate Change (15 mins):

Threats to the Reef from coastal development (3 mins):

Is it too late to repair the Great Barrier Reef (12 mins)?

Could farming changes help save the Great Barrier Reef (12 mins)?

How Scientists Are Restoring (parts of) The Great Barrier Reef (8 mins):

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