World Reef Day was founded by a natural sunscreen company, Raw Elements, to raise awareness for the importance of coral reefs. It was started in 2019 on June 1st when hundreds came together on Waikiki Beach to engage in conversation about the state of coral reefs globally. Due to the global pandemic they have been celebrating and raising awareness virtually.
How can we protect coral reefs?
Did you know that coral reefs are declining at twice the pace of rainforests? Current estimates predicate that 70% coral reefs will disappear by 2030 if the impact from humans doesn't change. There are a number of threats that are contributing to the demise of the worlds coral reefs, including illegal & improper fishing, overfishing, rising sea temperatures, sunscreen chemicals, plastic pollution, sewage and negative tourism.
But, we can all help to reduce the strain put on coral reefs:
Be mindful of where your fish is coming from and consider reducing your fish intake.
When shopping for sunscreen make sure that you only buy coral friendly sunscreen. Avoiding harmful ingredients like oxybenzone and butylparaben that disrupts coral reproduction.
Do your part to fight global warming. Turn off lights when you leave the room, fly less, walk more and find other ways to reduce your carbon footprint.
Be mindful if you visit coral reefs to not touch them and be responsible tourists! Don't damage or touch the corals and be careful of were you put your feet.
- Support efforts to protect and develop coral reefs.
How you can celebrate reef day:
The best and easiest way to take part is to take some time to learn about coral reefs, and share the knowledge with people around you. Learn 15 Facts About Coral Reefs.
Take part in a beach clean or litter pick, or if you are feeling adventurous you could go snorkelling and collect any plastic pollution that you might find.
Petition your local governments and councils to do more to tackle threats to coral reefs such as reducing plastic, improving recycling options, battling sewage pollution and working to ban none reef safe substances.
If you are able to donate to charities that support reef restoration such as the Reef Restoration Foundation.
Coral Inspired Bracelets
For 1 day only we have brought back our special buy 1 get 1 free offer on Coral Inspired Bracelets!
Our Coral Inspired Bracelets are handmade and available in 6 different colours. Make sure to have a peak in the description to see what type of coral each bracelet is inspired by.
They are crafted using stones as well as a sea shell. When you purchase from Ocean Helper you know you are supporting awesome marine conservation charities as we donate 10% of gross profits each month to a different charity cause. This month we are supporting Wild Orca!
2] Ocean Helper - Coral Reefs On The Brink, Katy Smith (12th June 2019)