Called “the rain forests of the seas,” scientists estimate that this ecosystem is home to 25% of all marine species. Invaluable to our planet’s biodiversity, World Reef Awareness Day on June 1st serves as a “call to action for consumers, businesses and organizations to reflect on the delicate ecosystem of our ocean's coral reefs.”
With the first inaugural day happening in 2019, it brought together the general public, influencers and opinion leaders to talk about what steps were needed to properly protect our reefs. But here are some 4-1-1’s regarding this gorgeous habitat.
What are coral reefs?
Coral reefs are built by and made up of thousands of tiny animals—coral “polyps”—that are related to anemones and jellyfish. These polyps take on a variety of forms: large reef colonies, graceful fans, and even small, solitary structures.
Why Are They Important?
Here are a few reasons why coral reefs are so important:
What Are The Threats Coral Reefs Face?
Unfortunately, coral reefs face a slew of threats. Climate change is one of the biggest threats, but so is physical damage or destruction (e.g. people standing on the coral/removing pieces, coastal development, dredging, quarrying, destructive fishing practices, and boat anchors).
What can i do to help?
No matter where you live, there are plenty of things you can do in your everyday life to keep coral reefs healthy.
Which of the above actions are you taking?
While this year’s celebration will be virtual, the events are sure to spark active change through education and engagement!
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