Since it's still 🌍🌎🌏 day back home in Canada, I wanted to share some of what I recently learned about coral, and climate change:
Corals as we think of them are actually the limestone exoskeleton of coral polyps, soft bodied organisms similar to jellyfish. The colours we see are given to the corals' skeletons by the pigmentation of algae that live within them. The sugar resulting from the photosynthesis of the algae is the primary food source for the coral, BUT... if water temperature levels rise too high, the algae actually begins to poison the coral, so it will actually expel the algae, therefore losing its food source, and its colour. THIS is what coral bleaching is, and if the temperatures don't return to normal after a few weeks, the corals will die of starvation. Climate change and the rise in water temperature is killing coral, and it's a direct result of our pollution and our behaviour.
One change to consider to help, hear me out : cut out or at least REDUCE your consumption of beef. One third of the world's farmable land is used to produce food for livestock, but beef has by far (way far) the worst environmental impact - cows produce methane, which has roughly 23 TIMES the impact of CO2. And experts estimate one cow expels 100-200 litres (or even up to 500L) a day. When you consider the amount of water it takes to irrigate the land for their food, and then the emissions from the trucks and planes used to ship the meat in addition to that....it's a LOT of emissions for our earth to handle, and contributes to things like the rising water temperature. Even reducing how often you eat beef, or choosing another meat/protein source in its place makes a huge difference. I highly encourage you to do your own research, and to watch documentaries (like Before the Flood, where I learned quite a bit in a section about beef) on the subject. The more we learn and better educated we are, the more of a difference we can make !
Let's build healthy, earth-happy habits, no matter how small, and hopefully we can slow down or eventually reverse some of the damage we've done to our beautiful mama Earth. 💕 (Photo of the Heart Reef from our flight over the GBR!)