Don’t Let the Vibrant Coral Reefs of Our Underwater Universe Deteriorate

Target: Worldwide legislators

Goal: To prolong the existence of coral reefs by limiting the toxins that are causing them to deteriorate.

Corals are colorful, small organisms that make up the most diverse ecosystem in the planet. They are protected by a calcium skeleton and eat by moving their tentacles. They are constantly depositing calcium which results in many spectacular shapes and sizes. These structures have a symbiotic relationship with the algae zooxanthella which actually lives inside the coral providing it with food and creating vibrant colors in the underwater universe. Many other species such as fish and turtles rely on the reefs for food and shelter.  Coral bleaching is when this algae is killed due to environmental stresses such as pollution, increased temperatures, and sedimentation. This disrupts the entire ecosystem, including the surrounding oceans and sea life.

I have traveled to many tropical destinations and beheld the intriguing beauty of coral colonies. Full of vibrant colors and surrounded by colorful tropical fish these corals are truly a natural wonder. Coral reefs are in danger of extinction; pesticides and sewage discharges can be fatal to coral because of nitrogen, phosphate, and other toxins. The levels of CO2 in the ocean has increased, this also causes coral bleaching. Ozone depletion, coral mining, careless tourism, sedimentation and fishing practices that use cyanide also contribute to the destruction of these delicate systems. We are ruining the fragile balance in these ecosystems and we are the only ones who can remedy the situation. Huge changes will have to be made to keep coral reefs alive such as implementing regulations on fishing, mining and tourism. Individuals can also create change by not buying aerosol cans, limiting pollution and using public transportation. It is phenomenal that we are so intertwined with even these small organisms, but it is devastating that we are not taking action to create harmony between humans and the underwater universe.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Worldwide legislators,

The coral reefs of the world are in danger of becoming extinct in the next 25 years. This problem has been caused by humans; CO2, pollution, coral mining, destructive fishing, and carelessness are just some of the threats upon these delicate ecosystems. This is a huge problem and huge measures must be taken to eradicate it.

Please take the necessary measures to raise more awareness and to place regulations on these detrimental practices. We have disturbed another delicate balance in our ecosystem and it is our duty to take actions to remedy it.

Sincerely,

[Your name here]

 

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