They have many strata and areas of strong shade. Corals are biotopes with the highest biological diversity, so thousands of species live in association with coral reefs. Coral reefs cover less than 1% of our oceans.
Coral reefs are the oceans’ lungs; Marine plants, including coral’s symbiotic algae, produce up to 70% of the oxygen we breathe. Biologically speaking corals are animals that sit in shallow water at the bottom of the ocean. They absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and transform it into the oxygen we breathe. By doing this they regulate air and water temperature for us all.
Without proper action, all coral reefs are at risk of disappearing by 2050 with massive consequences for marine life. Climate change and plastic pollution are threatening these fragile ecosystems. 75 % of the world’s coral reef suffer threat from plastic pollution, overfishing and human activities or global warming.
Microplastics affects the growth, feeding and behaviour of corals. Plastic doesn’t break up, it breaks down into micro pieces. Corals might take plastic as food, get stressed and die. They are prove to be sensitive and react with a so-called coral bleaching when the water temperature increases, lose their color and will die after a while.
We’ve teamed up with @coralgardeners to recover Ocean Plastic and plant corals. Our aim is to spread awareness about coral mortality through micro plastics, sunscreen and global warming and the destruction of our oceans.
Moreover, for the relevance and worthiness of protection of coral reefs and their immense value to humankind. What rainforests mean to the land surface of our planet, coral reefs mean to the oceans. Every coral we plant, helps our oceans to regulate its system again.