Updated: Oct 21, 2019
If you know me at all, whether it be family, friend, acquaintance, or even a mere social media fellow-blogger, you probably know that I am obsessed with coral reefs. And I'm not afraid to admit it...I am so passionate about saving them and using every ounce of my power to make a difference, because if not me, then who? So please read on :)
These are shots from my study abroad trip 2 years ago.
Belize has the 2nd largest great barrier reef in the world!
Today is a great day for coral reef ecosystems considering the rough couple of years they have been having..Why? Because:
1.) Obama created the 1st Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean yesterday!
-This means nearly 5,000 square miles of vast marine life will be protected from the destructive practices and over-exploitation from drilling, mining, and over-fishing.
2.) Obama expanded the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (MNM)!
-This MNM was originally established by President George W. Bush 10 years ago.
-Obama increased the MNM by 4X (582,578 square miles in Hawaii)!
3.) TIME Magazine came out with an article advocating the health of our beloved corals.
-I very strongly suggest you read this article.
-This article has magnificent panoramic views of coral reefs for those of you have not been lucky enough to snorkel or dive one. I hope that you too can understand that these corals are animals who live and breath just like us; they rely on clean water and food to survive.
Corals are home to ~1 quarter of marine wildlife. However they are dying at an alarming rate. Without them, we lose valuable habitats and homes for sea turtles, nursing grounds for fishes, and hunting grounds for predators. Corals are also a huge source of income for coastal communities and island villages. With the decline of coral reefs comes the crash of fishing industries and with it...millions left hungry and jobless. Not to mention, reefs significantly decrease the destructive impacts from storms by reducing potentially massive waves.
We NEED these corals for healthy marine ecosystems, but right now, they NEED US.
I ask you to do me a HUGE favor by spreading your knowledge about this and teaching those around you. It's a great topic for small talk or even ice breaker! I try to pick up a piece of trash everyday because so much litter, debris, and pollutants end up in our oceans and harm these creatures that I hold so dear to my heart.
I hope I've instilled some love for these beauts in you!
Check out some pics from when I scuba & snorkeled the largest barrier reef in the world.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Home to Nemo