Why We Need to Protect Coral Reefs

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In an article written by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), they explain the importance of coral reefs and how they impact some of our societies. Although coral reefs make up only .2% of ocean, they hold close to 25% of marine species. These ecosystems are extremely fragile and can be harmed by many things such as: global climate change, ocean acidification, and land based pollution like plastic. Another huge role that coral reefs play is economically,

“The value of goods and services provided by coral reefs is estimated at US$2.7 trillion per year, including US$36 billion in coral reef tourism.”

The Sixth Status of Corals of the World: 2020 Report

This is a huge industry that revolves around something so fragile. This is why, we need to step up and make sure that we do not harm these beautiful locations because of our own mistakes. Properly recycling plastic and single-use plastic has to become a rule, or else we suffer the risk of losing something as amazing places. Thankfully, we have people at the The Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) who,

“aims to provide the best available scientific information on the status and trends of coral reef ecosystems for their conservation and management.”

The Sixth Status of Corals of the World: 2020 Report

Through including recycling into your everyday life, you are able to keep our environment clean and our oceans healthy. Do you part today by making that change towards better eco-friendly decisions.

Published by Colin Cuff

Hi I'm Colin Cuff. I'm a Junior at La Canada High School. I'm focused on cleaning up our oceans and making the Earth a more livable place for future generations.

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