Ellen Degeneres loves nothing more than to dance. This is most keenly felt not only in the spontaneous dance-offs she encourages on her eponymous talk show but also in the above video, in which she dances around the subject of Australia’s terrible record when it comes to Great Barrier Reef preservation.
To coincide with the premiere of Finding Dory, the sequel to Pixar’s subaqueous sensation Finding Nemo, Disney and Degeneres have partnered on the launch of the Remember The Reef campaign with the above video in which Degeneres implores Australians to do just that – remember to protect that UNESCO World Heritage listed natural wonder that they’ve done a terrible job of protecting thus far.
“Hi Australia, it’s me, Ellen DeGeneres,” says Ellen Degeneres in front of a colourful but predominantly blue backdrop, which is the universal symbol for ‘underwater’.
“As you know I’m 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 doesn’t – she’s a blue tang and has many other amazing species that live in the Great Barrier Reef with her. It’s critical that we protect this amazing place, and we’d like your help.”
Disney have also collaborated with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park on an awareness-raising venture in the form of a dedicated site, Remember The Reef, which aims to educate and inspire audiences to protect the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. A partnership with Airbnb and the Sealife Aquariums in Australia and New Zealand will also support the work of Greenfleet, whose work concerns the restoration of the Wet Tropics region that skirts far north Queensland and the Reef.
You can and should find out more about conserving this majestic national treasure at Remember The Reef.
Finding Dory will receive its highly-anticipated worldwide release on June 17.