In acknowledgement of the International Year of the Reef 2018, the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) is urging its members and all others interested in or concerned about coral reefs, to take one or more of the practical steps in their day-to day living listed below, to help save coral reefs from the existential threat that they now face.
Ten Things YOU CAN DO to Help Save CORAL REEFS
Turn back your heating or air conditioning by at least 1 degree Celsius or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit and replace all your lights with LED bulbs OR invest in a renewal energy source or electric car
Keep flying to a minimum: aim for no more than THREE return air-tickets in a year and offset all your flights, for example with the WorldLandTrust
Reduce your meat and dairy consumption; we suggest eating meat no more than TWO times a week
Make sure ALL the fish and sea-food you consume comes from sustainable sources
Watch at least ONE film and read at least ONE book on Climate Change
Explain to at least TEN contacts THREE or so key facts behind climate change and its impacts
Join ONE campaign to help protect reefs or oppose climate change
Organize at least THREE educational talks and/or showings of the film Chasing Coral
Write to at least THREE local elected representatives about corals and climate change
Participate in or support at least ONE REEF CONSERVATION ACTIVITY. If you will be diving or snorkeling, learn how to recognize the different types of damage that can severely impact coral reefs, and send your observations to a relevant organization. Alternatively, take part in or otherwise support a citizen science or volunteer project.
Read more details on the Ten Steps.