It's a brand new month and that means we're introducing another great cause. This month, we're educating the world about a global icon: the Great Barrier Reef. Not only that, but we are also supporting a nonprofit that is out there on the front lines keeping an eye on the changes happening to the Great Barrier Reef (the Reef) and creating solutions for its preservation.
As a leading charity for the Reef, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation is bringing together the best minds and technologies from around the world to help solve the challenges facing the Reef so it remains a source of wonder and fascination for generations to come. When you purchase a 4ocean Great Barrier Reef Bracelet, you will not only remove one pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines but will also contribute to the research and implementation of science-backed solutions that are helping to save this natural treasure.
We caught up with Anna Marsden, Managing Director, and Andrew Simmonds, Project Manager for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation at their headquarters in Queensland, Australia to talk about some of the issues facing the Reef. What we learned is that we are running out of time to save this and all coral reefs around the world. Check out the videos we put together here.
"In the last two years, [we have lost] half of the coral cover on the world's largest reef. If we do nothing in the next thirty years, we will lose every coral reef on the planet," says Marsden.
"The Great Barrier Reef is a massive living organism, you can see this thing from space," adds Simmonds.
Home to more than 1,625 species of fish (about 10% of the entire world's fish species), 600+ types of corals, 215 bird species, 30 species of whales and dolphins, as well as 6 out of the 7 global sea turtle species, the Reef is one place that we must do everything we can to save with as little damage and impact as possible. Now is our time to make it happen!
Marsden implores, "Dig within yourself and find what you can do to play your part in saving one of the world's most amazing global icons."
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Florida is known as the "Fishing Capital of the World," but in recent years, the world-renowned fisheries of the coastal estuaries and Everglades have been in decline as a direct result of decades of water mismanagement. To raise awareness about a unique ecosystem on the verge of collapse, we released the Everglades Bracelet in partnership with Captains For Clean Water, a nonprofit organization who's been on the front lines of the fight for the restoration of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We teamed up with the Miami Police Department Marine Division and their Youth Police Explorers to clean up Pace Picnic Island in Miami's famous Biscayne Bay, which is home to many endangered species and other fish and animals that need protection from ocean plastic pollution. And, wow, wait until you see some of the things that we found during the cleanup.
When most people think about the Florida Everglades, the last thing they probably think about is Disney World, EPCOT, and Universal Studios. But the reality is, just south and east of these world-famous Orlando theme parks, there is a little-known waterway called Shingle Creek winding its way behind such luxurious resorts as the Ritz Carlton, the Rosen, and JW Marriott. Surprisingly enough, this is where the water story begins –– this is where Everglades begins. And unfortunately, where the problems begin, too.