Target: Chen Jining, Minister of Environmental Protection, People’s Republic of China
Goal: Increase protections for coral reefs before they are completely destroyed.
Coral reefs in the South China Sea are being ruined by a double threat of poachers and environmentally destructive construction. More than 60 square miles of coral reefs have already been destroyed, and further damage will continue if action is not taken.
Poachers hunting for giant clams use boat propellers to loosen and break apart precious bivalves. Recent satellite analysis revealed the devastation of over 40 square miles of reef, and such debilitating pressure leaves a reef barren of life. Given the interconnected nature of reefs, damage in one place can have serious consequences for nearby systems.
In addition to poaching, 20 square miles of reef have been obliterated by construction efforts as China attempts to fortify its presence along the sea. The government is involved in multiple island-building activities, and these projects have led to large-scale environmental devastation as workers blast through reefs in an attempt to build islands.
These valuable reef systems cannot tolerate this punishment forever. Sign the petition below to demand greater protections before these systems are lost completely.
Dear Mr. Chen,
I am writing to call your attention to the ongoing destruction of coral reefs in the South China Sea. These vulnerable systems are being ruined by both poachers and construction workers, and unless action is taken, they will soon be lost forever.
Coral reefs are essential to the health of aquatic ecosystems, and economic progress is worthless if it means environmental destruction. Please increase protections for these precious systems before it is too late.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Kyle Taylor