Cancun, Mexico – July 2017
Coral Reefs are underwater structures forming colonies of tiny living animals found in marine waters that contain few nutrients. They constitute some of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth but are under immense threat due to climate change, ocean acidification, overfishing, the aquarium trade, and harmful land-use practices. General estimates show approximately 10% of the world’s coral reefs are dead. About 60% of the world’s coral reefs are at risk due to destructive, human-related activities, so much so that by the 2030s, 90% of coral reefs are expected to be at risk from both human activities and climate change by 2050, all coral reefs will be in danger.
The Meso-American Barrier reef is the world's second largest coral reef system. 75% of the coral in Cozumel, Mexico has been lost, while year after year, coral reefs are increasingly in danger of extinction.
With 30% of all life in the oceans dependent on coral reefs and the oceans producing 70% of the oxygen we breathe, its critical we do all we can to help protect and preserve the lungs of the planet. My ocean mandala depicts the delicate balance between a healthy and dying reef at the hands of humans. This mandala is a call for action and we must work together to solve the problems we have created.
You can help save coral reefs by: