Stop the Destruction of Our Coral Reefs

Stop the Destruction of Our Coral Reefs

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Victoria Gianacacos started this petition to Glencore and

Coral reefs are made up of calcium carbonate, which helps them keep building up. However, they are more than just something pretty to look at; they are extremely important to the balance of the world. Besides housing the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, coral reefs additionally serve to:

- Protect coastlines against the effects of wave action and tropical storms, which are potentially damaging.
- Provide habitat and shelter for an abundance marine organisms.
- Contribute to the economy, as they contribute to local tourism.
- Prevent erosion, property damage, and loss of life.

Globally, half a billion people benefit from the protection of coral reefs. Countless animals also benefit off of the ecosystems coral reefs provide.

However, coral reefs are under attack. Recently, there have been many cases of various coral reefs dying due to human activity. They face many threats including pollution, overfishing, and climate change, among other human-caused stressors. These factors cause the overall temperature of oceans to rise - which also leads to the overall amount of corals to perish due to bleaching.

Over 50% of the world's coral reefs have died in the past 30 years. 90% is predicted to die within the next century.

Coal impacts climate change to a global scale. This is because coal is made up of mostly carbon, which becomes carbon dioxide when oxygen reacts to it. Because of its impact on global warming and the general rise of temperatures throughout the Earth, the coal industry also directly affects the bleaching of coral reefs. The coal industry also produces waste in the form of ashes. It produces 100 million tons of it every year. Over half of these ashes end up in lakes, ponds, oceans, and seas. This kills off all types of marine life, including corals. Additionally, it contaminates our drinking water supply, making our lack of fresh water an even bigger concern.

Coral reefs are one of the most essential elements to coastal habitats. Their destruction does not only mean the end of beautiful aquatic structures, but also the loss of millions of animals' homes, less protection for those living by the coast, and a higher chance of erosion and, overall, a loss of lives.

In order to help, we can use less fossil fuels, including coal. We can commit to donating to charities helping this cause. Furthermore, we can educate the people around us about the dangers of allowing coral reefs to simply wither away.

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION NOW TO ALERT COAL COMPANIES OF THE DAMAGE THEY ARE CAUSING, AND URGE THEM TO CONSIDER CORAL REEFS WHEN MINING.

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