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While supporting projects like rrreefs through donations and volunteering is wonderful, there are a million other ways to make a difference. If we all make small adjustments to our everyday behaviour, we can multiply our impact and move mountains. At rrreefs, we are convinced that through individual everyday action we can collectively avert the multi-layered environmental crisis we are facing and prevent the global loss of coral reefs.
Saving energy and shifting away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is crucial in the fight against climate change – a major threat to coral reef survival as warmer ocean temperatures lead to coral bleaching and death. A few simple ways to do so include switching from old light bulbs to long-lasting energy-efficient ones, going for a truly green energy provider, and making more travels by public transportation, bicycle, or foot, rather than by car and airplane.
Almost one quarter of all emitted greenhouse gases are attributable to agriculture, 75% of which come from livestock farming. We can reduce our carbon footprint by eating nourishing plant-based foods, if possible organic and locally grown, instead of meat and dairy. Doing without seafood, also alleged “sustainable” options, and leaving it to those who truly depend on it helps to counteract the global problem of overfishing, a major cause of coral mortality and great threat to the balance of the ocean.
Opting for recycled and reusable packaging instead of disposable plastic goods, drinking tap water instead of bottled water, using naturally-derived and biodegradable products rather than aggressive chemicals in the household, and generally saving water – these are just a few easy steps to reduce waste and contamination. A lot of the things we throw away or flush down the sink, shower, or toilet end up in the oceans and cause harm there, such as phosphorus from detergents or non-organic fertilizers producing algae that block sunlight and starve corals.
Let’s mind the quantity and quality of what we buy. Where can we consume less, reuse, repair, repurpose, or recycle without substantially reducing our quality of life? And where can we consume better by opting for more socially and environmentally conscious products based on fair labor conditions and local, natural materials? Quality not quantity.
When we get the chance to visit reefs, let’s respect local guidelines and treat corals and all other reef inhabitants with caution and care, not touching them (much less stepping on them) when snorkeling or diving, not turning them into souvenirs, nor dropping a boat anchor on them (anchoring in sandy areas only) – broken corals can take many decades to recover. Instead we can have a positive impact at the sites by joining or organizing beach cleanups, using no coral-harming sunscreen, and supporting local initiatives to protect and restore reefs.
Trees are precious carbon sinks, and native plants will help insects and birds recover. Planting trees and flowers, and fighting for greener cities (and against pervasive asphaltization) can play a big role in counteracting global warming and species extinction. More vegetation can also reduce detrimental runoff of polluted waters into the oceans. The conservation and restoration of forests around the globe, most importantly our precious rainforests, is one of the biggest levers for carbon sequestration.
It is easy to feel small and powerless in the face of such enormous global problems, but assuming our political rights and engaging politically is key. It starts with voting for (and holding accountable) parties that recognize and fight the environmental crisis. Beyond that we can become advocates and activists for nature conservation, ocean protection, and climate action, by getting more educated on these topics, joining or starting environmental initiatives and movements, spreading the word, and encouraging others to get involved.