Why Coral Reefs are Dying and What You Can Do to Help

Oceans hold some of our world’s most beautiful habitats – coral reefs. Not only are they gorgeous sites to see, but they are also responsible for marine biodiversity and the overall health of ocean life. However, with continued plastic and chemical pollution, these coral reefs are in danger. 

Are Coral Reefs Dying?

In short…yes. While efforts are being made to revive these ocean habitats, coral reefs are declining at an alarming rate. Scientists estimate that 70-90% of the world’s coral reefs will disappear in the next 20 years—and could be completely gone by 2100. Reefs are responsible for supporting about 25% of all marine life. They also provide protective barriers to coastal communities, meaning there’s even more at stake. The main contributors to dying coral reefs are rising global temperatures, changes in water pH due to increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and waste/plastic pollution. 

What is Being Done to Save Coral Reefs?

Scientists, marine advocates, and legislators are working hard to protect coral reefs from extinction. Through research, scientists are learning what is affecting the reefs so that we can create an action plan to help. Many marine biologists are also experimenting with planting lab-grown coral into suffering reefs to bring new life to the habitat. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency has lobbied to pass the Clean Water Act which regulates the disposal of harmful materials and chemicals into our waterways. 

What Can You Do to Help Protect Coral Reefs?

Eat More Plant-Based Foods

Food like meat, cheese, and milk that come from farm animals comes with a massive carbon footprint. While you don’t have to cut out meat completely, choosing a more plant-based diet can reduce your overall carbon footprint and reduce carbon dioxide pollution. 

Conserve Water 

When you shower, flush the toilet, or do the dishes, that wastewater eventually makes its way to our oceans. The less water you use—the less runoff and wastewater will pollute our oceans.

Install a Filtrol

Reduce microplastic pollution by installing a Filtrol Laundry Filter on your washing machine. You’ll reduce up to 89% of microfibers in your wastewater and allow more clean water to flow to the oceans.