Coral Reefs: A Reason to Keep Voting Progressive
I grew up watching The Undersea Adventures of Jacques Cousteau. I was fascinated by the marine environments I saw the intrepid French oceanographers of the Calypso exploring, and longed to join them, diving the world’s coral reefs.
When I actually got the chance to dive on a coral reef, years later, I was shocked by what I saw. Fragments of the old reef were scattered, here and there, along the sea floor, whitened and dead, blasted by fishermen looking for an easy catch. Diving this wrecked reef, I realized for the first time that the world shown to me by Jacques Cousteau could easily disappear.
In American waters, dynamite fishing is not a big threat to coral reefs, because it is against the law. Yet, many of our coral reefs are still dying. In May 2006, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration added staghorn and elkhorn corals to its list of threatened species. These corals used to be common in Caribbean reefs, but now they are becoming rare. Surveys have found that, in Caribbean reefs, live staghorn and elkhorn coral have decreased by 90 percent.
So, if dynamite fishing is not to blame for this decline, what is? Pollution and irresponsible fishing practices are major culprits. Increasing ocean temperatures due to global warming is also thought to be a contributing factor. Finally, there is the spectre of ocean acidification, a process stemming from rising carbon dioxide that leads to bleached, dead coral.
In short, human activities are to blame for the impoverishment of our coral reefs. If we do not change our ways, future generations of documentaries about our oceans won’t have much to show but images of the wreckage we left behind.
Progressives support measures to reduce pollution, bring fishing back to disciplined levels, and reduce the carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming. Right wingers don’t support these measures. If we want to keep our coral reefs, we need progressive government to lead the way in their protection, from the President on down through the Environmental Protection Agency and right on over to both houses of Congress.
(Source: Blue Planet Magazine, Summer 2006)
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