What connection do you have with nature? There exists a connection between the living beings that call a place home and the place itself. This can be understood in both a metaphorical sense, and a systemic sense. The place can be a coral reef, a forest, or a wetland... it doesn't matter where, just know that the ecological system that produced life is also dependent on the said "life" performing it's role in the environment and vice versa. If this system is disrupted too many times, or to such a great degree, an entire ecosystem can collapse, causing massive repercussions throughout other linked systems. As a species, humans are impacting every aspect of our natural systems, and none more apparent than with #coral reefs. The reality is that #coralreefs are at the forefront of #climatechange and will be the first to disappear if we cannot convince our leaders of a better future in balance with the environment. Reefs are our planet's immune system, a place where marine life can find a mate, have young, grow, feed and feel protected from the dangers of the open ocean. It regulates the ebb and flow of nutrients around our coastlines, and produces the majority of fish found on our tables across the US! #octopuses in particular depend on healthy #coral to provide hiding places for hunting, and shelter, so without the reef there would be no Octopus to be found in Florida's waters, and call me sentimental.. but that's a tragedy... a tragedy if it were to happen, but I believe in the power of your voice, your passion, and your motivation to care, and with that care, to act! You can use your voice to speak for those who cannot, and tell our legislature that a balanced planet matters, not just for the economy, but for the sheer fact that it is morally and ethically right to protect nature's gifts. Please also support organizations like @coralrestorationfoundation @floridaaquarium @motemarinelab and @keysmarinelab who are dedicated to protecting the United States's only coral reef tract!
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