Save Rapidly Dissolving Coral Reefs

Biscayne_underwater_by_National_Park_Service

Target: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy

Goal: Prevent reefs in the Florida Keys from dissolving.

The reefs around the Florida Keys are quickly dissolving due to increased ocean acidification, and if this problem goes unchecked, these valuable natural resources could be gone forever. As pollution increases and carbon dioxide levels rise, the ocean becomes more acidic, which in turn makes it much more difficult for coral to build up their skeletons.

This issue was not unexpected, but it has occurred much sooner than scientists predicted. Most estimates figured the reefs would start dissolving by the middle of the 21st century, but extensive testing along the 300-mile stretch of reefs reaching from Key West to Miami proves that the limestone bases of the northern stretches of the reefs have already begun falling apart.

Of the areas studied, only the two southernmost reefs have managed to avoid this danger, a figure that is simply unacceptable. Urge the Environmental Protection Agency to intervene and help save these previous reefs before they disappear completely.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mrs. McCarthy,

I am writing to bring your attention to a serious environmental concern affecting the reefs surrounding the Florida Keys. Increased pollution and elevated carbon dioxide levels have created a more acidic ocean, which makes it much harder for coral to build up their skeletons. If this problem is not addressed, we risk losing these valuable natural resources forever.

Research conducted along this massive stretch of reefs conclusively proves the problem is extensive, with only the two southernmost reefs able to avoid succumbing to this danger. This figure is extremely troubling, and I urge your department to act accordingly. Please provide assistance and prevent the Keys from losing their reefs.

Sincerely.

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: National Park Service

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  1. Our planet needs our coral reefs.

  2. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

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