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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

The coral reefs in Mer have been devastated in part by ocean acidification and temperature rise caused by global warming.  Mer scientists promote enacting good climate change policies that address environmental justice, greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance, as the best and fastest way to reduce the CO2 admissions of humans.  When you’re on land, you can also help by lowering your individual CO2 footprint. Here's how...

 4 Ways to Lower Your Carbon Footprint 

Walk it Off with the Mer App

Eat A Plant Based Diet

Keeping Cool Isn't So Cool

Wait, Don't Waste!

  • 35% of food in high-income economies, like the United States, is thrown out at the consumer level. Willful food waste is a cultural phenomenon that rejects food based on bumps, bruises, coloring, or simply over buying/ordering. 

  • Changing this culture of waste, specifically in higher-income countries, begins with changing consumer behavior. 

  • “After taking into account the adoption of plant-rich diets, if 50 percent of food waste is reduced by 2050, avoided emissions could be equal to 26.2 gigatons of carbon dioxide. Reducing waste also avoids the deforestation for additional farmland, preventing 44.4 gigatons of additional emissions.” - Drawdown.org

More Resources

  • If you are looking for more ways you can have an impact on your carbon footprint, click the earth to the right. Learn about air travel emissions, more about a plant-based diet, and how rising populations can affect carbon emissions. 

  • "Agitating and voting and writing letters and op-eds, make far more sense" for promoting systematic change - Gavin Schmidt director of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

 
 
 
 
 

Pollution

You stopped the polluted water from killing the secret coral garden in Mer; now can you be heroic on land. Learn about the three largest pollution threats to our oceans and coral reefs. 

Oil Pollution

Agricultural Runoff

  • Industrial animal agriculture contributes to sea temperature rise, ocean acidification and the creation of nitrogen-rich "dead zones".

  • These hypoxic "dead zones" are the result of algal blooms which use up all the oxygen in the water, rendering it uninhabitable.

Stop Using Plastic

 

Overfishing

Along with the impact of climate change, the magical aquatic creatures that populated Mer's waters were fished unsustainably, leaving the ecosystem barren. Here are some ways to bring life back to Mer.

Blue Economy

  • The blue economy "harnesses the potential of our oceans, seas, lakes, and rivers to improve the lives of all, particularly people in developing states, women, youth and indigenous peoples." 

  • Coastal communities rely on marine resources for food, income, and culture.

  • Humans rights issues exist in fishing communities, such as "detention without trial, child labor, unsafe working conditions, and gender-based violence." Human rights violations undermine current attempts to reform fishery sectors in developing countries and produce increased vulnerability and the marginalization of certain groups.

  • Humans rights advocacy can be an effective way to support the sustainable development of fisheries. 

  • To read more, click the fish!

Overfishing & Blast Fishing

  • Depletion of key reef species drastically alters the coral ecosystems.

  • Fishing gear can inflict serious physical damage to the reefs, which takes 15-25 years to recover.

  • The use of explosives for fishin g destroys b oth the food chain and the coral where the fish nest and grow - killing off the entire food chain.

Sustainably Sourced Seafood (if you must eat it)

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Join In

Just as you are working with Athina to rebuild Mer, it takes a community to make significant and lasting change. Through the lens of environmental justice, policy change has the largest and most immediate impact. Click on the groups below to engage with work that is geared towards an intersectional view of climate change! 

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Greenpeace is a nonprofit organization that has several campaigns for oceans and coral reefs. By checking out their website, you can donate, become a member, attend meetings, and keep updated on the work being done.

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Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is a nonprofit organization with several million members. It has multiple policy change campaigns that organize and unite people around taking political steps towards environmental justice and green policy. Check out their website to see which campaigns you can join, and how to get started!

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Blue Economy Conference

The Blue Economy Conference was held in Kenya in 2018, detailing how crucial environmental justice is to the survival of our oceans. Click above to read more about the different initiatives being taken to safeguard our oceans, costal communities and indigenous knowledge in sustainable planning.

Oceana

Oceana focuses on protecting the oceans. They advocate for science-based fishery management and political pressure to make lasting changes.

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Coral Planting

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Just as you planted coral in the Cathedral Cave, Coral Vita is working to restore damaged reefs by growing and transplanting diverse corals into threatened reefs. You can follow their journey by clicking their logo!

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Ocean Warriors

Ocean Warriors is a show that aired on Animal Planet in 2016. From the Antarctic's remote Southern Ocean, to the coral reefs of Tanzania and the vast tuna fisheries of the Western Pacific, a global coalition of activists, scientists and journalists prepare to stare down poachers, tear up illegal fishing networks and bring outlaws to justice.

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EDF has several campaigns for oceans and coral reefs. By checking out their website, you can donate, attend meetings, and keep updated on the work being done.

Environmental

Defense Fund

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.