Our ambassador Markus Roth @maro_visions captured this incredibly beautiful and healthy coral reef in a remote archipelago in Indonesia.
Sights like this are becoming increasingly rare as coral reefs are threatened climate change and destructive human activities. But reefs are also resilient can be restored if we give them time to recover.
If you want to protect reefs, here are a few simple things you can do:
1. Conserve energy:
There are many small actions you can take around the house – helping the planet and the climate: Use energy saving lightbulbs, switch off lights and appliances (including TV, computers and phone chargers) when not in use, make sure your house is fully insulated and adjust thermostats to conserve energy.
2. Say no to single-use plastic!
Organize a beach clean-up. Plastic pollutes ocean waters and harms coral reefs and other sea life.
3. Conserve water – the less water you use, the less runoff and wastewater will pollute our oceans.
4. When you visit a coral reef, practice reef safe diving and snorkeling. Do not stand, touch or anchor your boat on the reef. Make sure to use only reef-safe sunscreen!
5. Spread the word!
Many people are unaware of how their actions impact the marine environment, especially if they live far away from the coast. Talk to your family, friends and neighbors and tell them about coral reefs, the rainforest of the sea, and explain to them about the coral reef crisis. Ask them to get involved and make a difference too!
7. Write to your government representatives and demand they take action to protect coral reefs, stop sewage pollution of our oceans, expand marine protected areas and take steps to reverse global warming.
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