I had to revisit yesterday’s post since what remains of healthy coral reefs is an inspiring visual worth saving in a painting. The donation from the sale of this painting will go to the Coral Reef Alliance, which is “dedicated to keeping coral reefs alive by integrating ecosystem management, sustainable tourism, and community partnerships.”
Since very few of us land dwelling mammals have a clear understanding of what’s going horribly wrong underwater, it’s even more difficult to grasp what it means above the surface. Multiple factors such as warming ocean temperatures and over fishing is causing a ripple effect fatal to reefs. Take that one step further, and soon the world is faced with a global food security crisis because of the underwater graveyard.
Since the damages are approaching “beyond repair,” it’s hard to imagine how we will compensate for the 30 million people who depend entirely on coral reefs for their income and for their food.* It would take an additional area of tropical coral four times the size of the Great Barrier Reef – the biggest reef system in the world – to sustain current fishing levels.*
*Information taken from CommonDreams.org, “Loss of Coral May Cause Food Supply Crisis”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpQUhj_Wzvk