This week I found an article about biodiversity that really hit me hard. I am a person who loves to travel the wonders of our world. I especially love traveling to places with beautiful warm blue oceans, I love to scuba dive and snorkel around the great coral reefs that are usually so abundant. The places that I love seeing are disappearing with the increase of pollution in our world. Not only are we not going to be able to see beautiful waters with amazing coral and biodiversity but it will change our lives more than we think.
In the article written by Ricmak, “Not good enough: Copenhagen accord may doom coral reefs”, Ricmak talks about how our plans to reduce our emissions by 50% by 2050 which will limit increasing temperatures to 2 degrees, will not be enough. In a previous article that I published I spoke about the Copenhagen meeting with the strong world powers and this author is referring to that meeting. He argues that if we do not use a more aggressive reduction that limits our global emissions, a global temperature increase could rise 4.2 degrees by 2100 instead of a 2 degree change if nations agree to a 50% reduction. That means so much to our earth.
It means polar ice caps melting because of an increase in our hole in the stratospheric ozone, causing sea levels will rise and oceanic temperatures will rise also. Which means that there will be more coral bleaching and the acidity levels in the ocean will rise due to the Carbon dioxide in the sea water. There are so many different aspects of our world that this is going to affect, but the scariest one that I want to talk about is how it is going to affect our diversity. I agree with the author that we need to use a more aggressive approach to solve our pollution problems faster. All these horrible things are going to hurt our ocean and our planet beyond measures that a normal citizen may realize. Not only are we not going to be able to see the beautiful ocean like we do today, but it is going to affect what we can eat out of the ocean.
The reefs that we find so beautiful are home to more than 25% of the oceans species and healthy reefs provide the primary source of protein to over one billion people globally. So what do you think is going to happen to all those people that need that protein to survive? Also not only do we need the reefs for a source of food, but it also provides beneficiary chemical compounds for cancer that are isolated in the species found in healthy coral reefs. Destruction like this is happening all over the world, our ocean is just one of them. Another horrible destruction that is happening is the destruction of our forests. Forest supply just as much if not more to our world. Important chemicals are taken from the rain forest as well for beneficiary medicines for medicines.
We need to inform more people that this destruction is going to harm us ALL. I think it is a just a lack of knowledge amongst most of the people in this is world that is stopping us from making significant progress. I want to make everyone think, “what can we do about it? what will we do about it?”
I found it really interesting that when I went to hawaii this summer there was a beach that went through a special procedure to preserve their coral beach. Before you were allowed to enter the beach you had to pay a fee, the money went to preserving the nature of that specific beach. Also before you were allowed to enter the beach you had to watch a video on how to properly act around the beach and in the water because of the beautiful coral it had. The video pointed out what we can do to help preserve the life of the coral and prevent further human destruction by contact. I think that is one great way to inform people that is going on.