Save the Reefs, Save your Life
Updated: Mar 11, 2020
Have you heard what will happen if the coral reefs die out and you don’t have them anymore? Well listen close to what is being said, because this may be the most important thing you hear while you are here on earth. Our reefs are a necessity of life and that is why you must take action. If we don’t protect the reef, it doesn’t only affect the ocean, but the whole planet. What you are doing matters, because without coral reefs the whole world changes, but if you change your habits, it benefits everyone, including yourself.
You may think that the ocean is just an extra large body of water with some fish, but the oceans are home to coral reefs. You can help save the reef by being conscious of what you are wearing on your skin when you go into the ocean. There are bleaches in many sunscreens called oxybenzone and octinoxate. In 2005, there was a massive bleaching event that killed half of the US’s coral. Another thing you can do, is recycle and be careful what you are throwing in the garbage, you never know if it will end up in the ocean. Now this next one is huge too, listen close, if you are on vacation, and want to go diving or snorkeling, don’t touch the coral. Touching the coral bleaches it and kills it.
Coral reefs are not just there for decoration, they provide jobs, food, medical discoveries, protection against waves, and so much more. Almost ⅕ of the worlds protein comes from fish and people eat on average 50 pounds of fish per year. As for jobs, 1.5 million people in the US have jobs in the fishing industry, without fish to catch, so many people would lose jobs. Sea slugs are one of many marine animals that would die if the reef died, these small creatures have a big purpose, they are an ingredient in cancer fighting compounds. Coral reefs also act as a wall to protect from tsunamis, they protect over 200 million people. Without them, seawalls, that cost $2.5 million per mile, would have to be built.
It can be hard to break habits, including ones like not recycling, using products full of chemicals, and even using plastic shopping bags, but if you can change habits such as those, you will see that it benefits you and those around you. It could make you, and the ocean feel healthier. It takes only one person to make a difference, make that person you. “The mass of plastic detritus present in the oceans is so enormous that it is called the “7th continent”. At this rate, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050.”
In conclusion, the reefs are important to everyone, even if you don’t know it. There is so much you can do to save you and the people around you. If everyone takes action and does their part before it is to late, the coral reefs will be safe.