IAN SOMERHALDER IS CORAL REEF – CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL

Coral Reef has spoken.

You may never see this “nursery of the sea” in person – but you need it more than you think.

While coral reefs cover less than 1% of the ocean floor, they support an estimated 25% of all marine life – including the fish that ends up on your dinner plate.

But beyond harboring much of the world’s protein, coral reefs also provide shoreline protection from storms, new medicines that could treat cancer and Alzheimer’s diseases, and livelihoods centered around tourism.

It should be no mystery, then, how valuable coral reefs are to people. Yet, people are their greatest threat. Overfishing and destructive fishing, warming waters, pollution and climate change are taking a huge toll.

The result? In some places, nearly 20% of reef systems have been entirely destroyed – and by 2050, nearly all reefs could be at risk.

So, will we continue to kill the largest living thing on Earth? Or will we listen?

CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL IS LISTENING. FIND OUT MORE.

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