What Do We Do When the Coral Dies?

Have you seen the coral? Or heard the gentle tinkling sound they make as they sway in the ocean currents? I have and I would save the reefs just on that alone. I was in awe that I had only experienced at the Grand Canyon. 

  • The Great Barrier Reef is the size of Italy or Japan.
  • You can see it from space.

  • Hundreds of species of sea creatures make their homes there and hatch their babies, species that later give jobs to and help feed millions of humans.

  • With the reef in place coastlines are saved from damaging storms and high waves that take human lives and ravage properties.

The coral is dying. Every time the ocean temperature heats up even a fraction of a degree the effect is magnified inside the reef. The coral turns white and large swatches are pushed to the point of no return. Even when the ocean cools again the coral is gone. Pollution also does it’s part.

Does it matter? Will it even effect our lives if we don’t live along a coastline and make a living from the sea?

Do we do anything other than a short moment of silence? 

The thing is the coral is our canary in the mine. The coral dies, it’s only a matter of time…

What do we do?

  • Why drive when you can walk, bike or bus?

  • Use less of everything, less heat, less air conditioning, less prepackaged food, less water.

  • Plant trees

  • Support conservation organizations and stay up to date on important changes to laws.

  • Teach the next generation, and they will teach the next.

  • Save the reef, save the planet, save ourselves.

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About Frances Wiedenhoeft

After a lifetime in nursing, anesthesia and the Army I now write, blog, attend school for journalism and massage, and watch my 3 grandchildren. I am a veteran of Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan and try to serve other vets such as myself, and to work for peace.
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