Today, the health of our oceans is being threatened from all sides. Whether it is water pollution, global climate change or ocean acidification, the issues simply can no longer be ignored. In addition, tons of trash enters the ocean every day and chokes our fragile ecosystems including one of the most important: the coral reef. The organisms that used to thrive on these reefs are showing signs that the cumulative effects of this man-made assault are now having a significant effect on their very existence. That is why 4ocean cleanups are so important, to help keep our coral reefs from suffocating under this debris. Coral reefs support the highest marine biodiversity in our oceans and they are home to more than 25% of all marine life. About one-quarter of coral reefs worldwide are already considered to be damaged beyond repair. Massive coral bleaching events have been occurring more often worldwide and the frequency with which these events are occurring has a devastating and prolonged effect on the reefs. Just recently the largest reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef, experienced this type of event and as much as 22% of the reef had significant coral mortality. Coral reefs are found in 109 countries around the world and in 93 of those countries, they have seen significant degradation in the last few decades, making this a truly global problem. To make a difference, we have partnered with the Coral Restoration Foundation to do what we can to create a more sustainable future for coral reefs. This organization is on the front lines in the effort to understand the complex issues related to coral reef degradation and they are creating solutions to help save and repopulate the world’s dying reef systems. Our 4ocean Coral Reef Bracelet represents the struggle of coral reefs around the world and the steps we are taking to help save these threatened ecosystems. Not only will this bracelet remove one pound of trash from the ocean & coastlines, it will also help support the science-driven work of the Coral Restoration Foundation which grows critically endangered corals and outplants them back into the wild – actively restoring reefs to a healthy state in Florida and beyond. Purchase and proudly wear your Coral Reef Bracelet and spread the word so that we can all take responsibility toward a more sustainable future for our oceans and coral reefs! You can help make even more of a difference by thinking about your lifestyle and opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle the things that are causing these problems in the first place.
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