Protecting our Coral Reefs

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Rachel Faulkner writes, Earth Day is tomorrow, and that means that people are becoming more aware about how to protect the Earth.

Earth Day is tomorrow, and that means that people are becoming more aware about how to protect the Earth. We learn “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!” and how to conserve water, but one thing people rarely think about in land-locked Colorado is the preservation of coral reefs. We need to be more aware of these mystical organisms, even herein Colorado. Called “Rainforests of the Ocean”, coral reefs could be considered the world’s most important ecosystem. They provide homes for millions of fish and protection from open ocean.However, in recent years, coral reefs have been dying, victems of human carelessness and natural diasters. They have been bleached as water salination changes, but more often, they are killed by humans. When humans even touch the coral, it will break and die. Furthermore, water pollution will poison the coral. When farmers use menthods such as “blast farming” to catch fish, the coral is harmed again. It is estimated that throughout the world, about 50% of the world’s coral has been killed in recent years. There are things you can do. First, and most obviously, be careful when you SCUBA dive or snorkle. Never break off, sit, or stand on the coral. We can also contribute to organizations who work solely to protect the coral, like the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force. But there’s one thing we can’t do. We can’t do nothing. We all have to pitch in, to save the coral reefs before they face total extinction.

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  1. Hey this is Cori and I th…
    Hey this is Cori and I think your story is true and very informative. I really enjoyed it a lot. Now because of you I have a better look on reefs and the damage we can cause. So thank you and keep up the great work I loved the story

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