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Without urgent action, nearly ALL the world's coral reefs could be lost by 2050 to a phenomenon known as "coral bleaching." [1]

Coral reefs are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet, home to 25% of all marine life [4]. However, rising ocean temperatures are causing coral reefs to turn white and suffocate – a phenomenon called 'coral bleaching'. As we emit more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, we cause ocean water to warm, which causes corals to expel the vital algae living in their tissues. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is a case in point – amid record heat in 2015, a whopping 93% of the Reef experienced bleaching, according to the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies [2]. This means the vast majority of the reef is dying; at immediate risk of extinction.

With 2016 officially declared the hottest year on record [3] our coral reefs are more vulnerable than ever. If we don't take action now, we will continue to see fish and invertebrate populations die in record numbers, and expose hundreds of millions of people to decreasing food security and increased poverty. By prioritizing clean energy and sustainability, we can minimize our carbon dioxide emissions and prevent higher ocean temperatures. Together, we can save our coral reefs.

Help us NOW by writing to Scott Pruitt, the incoming head of the Environmental Protection Agency, asking him to commit to our international pledge to cut carbon dioxide emissions in order to mitigate the effects of climate change and save coral reefs.

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Office of the Administrator 1101A

Environmental Protection Agency

1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20460

Dear Administrator Pruitt,

I strongly urge the incoming United States to stay committed to our pledge to cut its greenhouse gas emissions at least 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 under the Paris Agreement – despite recent political actions.  This would keep average global surface temperatures below a 2°C warming relative to the pre-industrial period, which will save our coral reefs from "coral bleaching" caused by ocean warming and acidification from fossil fuels.

If we don't reduce our CO2 emissions, coral reefs will continue to die off in record numbers.  We must ensure that more of the reef is protected from any kind of fishing.

Together, we can save these coral reefs and all who depend on them, both marine and human life.   I urge you to take action in lowering our country's CO2 emissions in order to save the coral reefs.


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Apr 14, 2018 Suzanne Levi
Apr 14, 2018 Lori Nightingale
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Mar 28, 2018 Lesley Adamson Please cut greenhouse emissions.
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Mar 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) Disruption of the life force of the ocean is real. We are destroying the natural balance of life in the ocean and it will affect more than just the coral reefs. We depend on our oceans for food, by upsetting the natural balance and killing habitat we are
Mar 11, 2018 Mary Ann Jones
Mar 10, 2018 Catherine Ogburn
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