While some countries prefer to debate whether global warming is human-caused or caused by nature, instead of trying to make changes to help the planet, which is warming regardless of the cause, there are other countries who are thinking to the future and what may be lost as a result of our own horrible practices with our planet.
Six Asia-Pacific countries have agreed to create one of the largest network of protected coral reefs on Earth, pledging to reduce pollution, overfishing, and improve the standard living of the people who live around those reefs so they do not have to harvest the reef to make money. The agreement, which is between the Philippines, Malaysia, Papa New Guinea, The Solomon Islands and East Timor. The area protected, known as the Coral Triangle, covers 33 percent of the coral reefs on Earth, and protects 35 percent of the world’s species of fish that live on coral reefs.
The United States, who often holds back on these types of pledges (see Kyoto Protocol), has even jumped on board and pledged to give $40 million to help get the plan going and to keep that plan going.
This is great to sea because the world’s oceans are one of our best
friends in the fight against global warming. The waters play a huge
role in climate, and they also play a big role in taking carbon dioxide
out of the atmosphere. Coral reefs are like the rain forests of the
oceans, and global warming, along with the acidification of the oceans,
is bleaching these coral reefs, rendering them lifeless. It is entirely
plausible that within the next 100 years, coral reefs will go extinct
and with them a huge amount of diversity within the oceans of the world.
So, 33 percent of the world’s coral reefs are protected with this,
along with the Great Barrier Reef, so let’s get to protecting the rest. While we are at it, let’s start protecting more land as well, including beautiful areas of the world that hold some of the most precious species our planet has to offer, like the rain forests do. It is a big world, and a lot of it needs protecting and it is up to us to protect the planet from the mess we have created.