An estimated 95% of the Caribbean's coral reefs are dead or dying.
I knew about the dying but 95%?!!!! WTF and how can we stop it?!
I was not aware, and Im one that usually pays attention to this stuff (Save the Bay). So think about how many people actually don't know something this destructive.
And this is why I hate the corporate, I mean Republican Party.
Are there any areas where coral is still thriving, maybe a little deeper or in places that years ago were considered cool-ish for it to do well?
I don't think so.
Worldwide it's 19% dead with at least 23% more dying beyond self repair. Another 30+% "dying" but possibly salvageable
NOAA expects 50-70% of the reefs worldwide to be beyond repair by 2025.
What's even more sad is that most people don't care, or think that the problem will magically fix itself. We need to be more involved in preserving our world. If loving our environment to the point where destruction of it saddens me makes me a tree-hugger, I'm proud to be one.
And how do you do that
We replace our current economic system which encourages inefficient use of resources, over- consumption, and irresponsible business and ag practices with one that is sustainable.
Very good question rebel.
Education? As a start?
As a SCIBA diver, I've been able to dive all around the world. First question to the dive master after the first dive, "has it always been like this?" Every single time "no, it's all dying. I don't know what's happening."
Japan, Guam, Hawaii, California, Florida, England, Turkey, Etc...it's the same
My husband said the same after his MEU last year.
Fat fingers strikes again
Where's my ice cream??
The real question is how do you fit into a wetsuit
I look sexy in a wetsuit. Give me 5min and check Instagram
Oh, the anticipation lol
Im a diver too. It's sad, i was diving in puerto rico a while back and there was a tragic amount of white (dead) corals. Something real has to be done now
Zest, I completely agree. It seriously can't wait any longer.
New studies show that 100% of Americans are dying. ????
One can hope...for the sake of the planet ????
Worst part is that our children will never get to experience them.
We can still grow coral in aquariums! :(
That's what most places are trying. Breeding them in aquariums and then trying to make them take on dying reefs or starting new reefs. From what I've read, it's about a 50/50 success rate.
I guess that's better than nothing.
I didn't know it was that high, that's sad
Free up some closet space and save the planet :)
Oops wrong spot
Inge, u tickle me!
Not a good sign for our planet. Can't wait to die and put my ashes in one of those reefs.
Yea, that's the wife's wish as well.
Go us! I sounded morbid, I can wait to die, just excited for my burial haha
I could contribute my parents. They're sitting in my closet.
Packed in a box that, when she helped me move, my daughter labelled "Grandparents."
The stuff we find out about each other lol
This thread is getting a bit spooky
My grandpa is kept in my grandmas bathroom for now haha
I'd call it creepy rather than spooky, but OK.
Only bc my little cousin is there and so they stuck him in the locked cabinet. Haven forbid she spills grandpa everywhere lol
........... Ok then. Lol
They want to be buried together, so it isn't so weird. Just have to wait from grandma to kick it. Hopefully not anytime soon!
Is there a link to this information?
That's a crazy high number and we should be way more worried than we are if that's the case.
I knew it was high but not quite that high. It's disgraceful, of course.
"Out of sight, out of mind" seems to be one of the problems. Also a lack of understanding of biology and ecology. Why the hell do environmentalists get a bad rap? Why don't people CARE?
I don't know Susan. I don't know. Environment is when I become a flaming bleeding heart liberal.
I just was hoping I'd have more time to show my daughter
I think what a lot of people don't understand is when (not trying to start an argument) the environment is a person's first priority.
I care a lot about the environment, and try to do what I can, but there a people living with diseases and without clean water. I tend to put my money there first.
This statistic, and many others, is terribly heartbreaking, though.
I get that, I really do, and its admirable on both accounts. If everyone just did a little more for the environment, it would be in far better shape.
To me, if the reefs die, the ocean dies. If the ocean dies, we all die.
For me at least, that's why it is the first priority.
Throughout human history we have had starvation and disease. It's something we as a society have made massive progress on and will continue to do so.
When it comes to the environment, one generation makes or breaks certain aspects.
Personally, I don't want to have to explain to my daughter why my generation let 50% of the reefs worldwide die, when we could have reversed it.
I understand...if you know of any ways to help/organizations, let me know :)
I've never been diving before, but it's on my vague idea of a bucket list.
Hope I didn't come off rude, I seriously love people that do whatever they can to help anyone out of the goodness of their hearts :)
No rudeness detected here :)
Oh, and thanks for the website!
Already knew but its heartbreaking.
Yea it's old news, but I don't think people seem to understand.
It's not that we don't understand...but more like we don't know what to do.
^ yea, that's a good point too. Even those that dedicate their lives to one specific ecosystem can feel hopeless about it. I'm sure it a much greater feeling when you have no idea what you can do.