Updated: Mar 18, 2021
Climate change, who cares right? We probably won't be around to see it, right?
Sadly, that's not the case. Have you not noticed the changes?
Fun fact: The coral reefs could be gone by 2030.
Without the coral reefs, there's nothing there to protect our coasts from waves, storms and floods. By 2030, if we're not careful, we could see more extreme flooding, heat waves and droughts.
The wave situation especially worries me for a personal reason. My Gran, Aunt and cousins all live in Cornwall where the waves have always been an issue, but they're getting worse and more frequent. The photo to your right was taken on January 30th 2021 and here's a link to Cornwall-Live's prediction of the terrible storms. Large waves set to hit coastline as severe weather warning extended - Cornwall Live
But climate change is just a rumour, right? These silly Extinction Rebellion advocates, they only want attention. Greta Thunberg, what on Earth is she on about? It's not like the Oceans are dying or anything, or that more than 1 million species face extinction... Oh wait, that's all correct. Dozens of species go extinct, every day.
Here's the latest list of critically endangered animals from the WWF Species List | Endangered, Vulnerable, and Threatened Animals | WWF (worldwildlife.org)
Now, let's bring a bit of positivity to this article. How gorgeous is the image below! How can we stop this from becoming a dead sea? How can we save the coral reef?
Here's a few ways we can help...
DON'T BE FOOLED BY THIS LOGO
I grew up believing that this logo meant my products were recyclable.
This little Green Dot actually means that the maker of the product has payed into a scheme that aids recovering and recycling packaging. But it doesn't mean that the package you're holding is actually recyclable!
If you're unsure about logo's, check out this page → Recycling symbols explained | Recycle Now
← This logo is the true recycle logo.
Buying products that can be recycled will help keep plastics out of our oceans and it reduces the amount of new plastic needing to be made.
Check your beauty products, your deodorants, your skin care products and I bet the majority of them have the symbol above on them rather than the true recycle symbol.
OXYBENZONE IS A NO ZONE
Speaking of skincare and beauty products, the billion pound industries, beware of sunscreens and cosmetics that contain Oxybenzone. The image above shows the effect it has on the coral reef.
When you wear a product containing Oxybenzone and then go into the ocean, the corals absorb it and essentially, they get bleached to death!
Fancy signing a petition to ban Oxybenzone sun-creams? Here you go! Petition · Help Protect Maui County Reef Systems From Harmful Oxybenzone/Octinoxate Sunscreens · Change.org
I won't overload you with information so I leave you with one final way to help...
TALK TALK TALK
Tell your friends about what's happening to our planet. Look at Greta Thunberg's work. Do a bit of research and you'll find out so much about not only the oceans but the rainforests too and more... Look into the endangered animals list, how many have you seen in person? Imagine them not being here in five years time. There are things we can do, if we all come together to help.
"The Earth is what we all have in common." - Wendell Barry
Thank you for reading,