June 1st is International Coral Reef Awareness Day.
Coral reefs provide countless benefits to our ocean ecosystems, and we must bring awareness to the great threat they are under.
The contribution made by coral to the entire interwoven web of the ocean cannot be minimized. Despite inhabiting less than 0.1% of the ocean, coral reefs support 25% of all marine life.
Unfortunately, coral reefs are extremely threatened by climate change. As temperatures rise and oceans become more acidic, coral become bleached and die off, leaving barren habitats in their place. Over 50% of all coral reefs have disappeared in the last 50 years, and the IPCC predicts a 70-90% decline in coral reefs if we continue on our current global trajectory.
What can we do to make a difference?
Limit your personal contribution. Local stressors make coral less capable of dealing with climate change. Use less fertilizer in your yard to limit fertilizer runoff and resulting ocean dead zones. Only wear reef safe sunscreen to prevent toxic chemicals from poisoning their habitat. Never touch coral or get too close to the reef.
Fight climate change however & whenever possible. Whether that is on a personal, local or national level, we must do everything we can to make a difference.
Support & donate to organizations that protect coral reefs. Every piece of trash that we remove from beaches and streams is prevented from ending up in our oceans. If you're interested in aiding us in accomplishing our mission, you can volunteer for a clean-up event or donate. Support other coral conservation efforts as well!
Miami Decides Banning Protected Species = Bad Idea
Another thing to celebrate in Miami tonight! With the help of several other Biscayne Bay advocates, we were able to safeguard our mangroves.
Yesterday, the Commission tossed the proposed ordinance that would ban the planting of future mangroves within City of Miami parks (all for a good selfie - welcome to Miami!).
Kudos to Commissioner Ken Russell, along with the many City officials, organizations, and community members who came together to make this happen. As we always say: “Our ecosystems shouldn't just be beautiful, they should be thriving.”
This June, celebrate with us!
LGBTQ+ Pride Month - June 1st through June 30th World Reef Awareness Day - June 1st World Oceans Day - June 8th Sea Turtle Week - June 8th through 16th
Juneteenth National Independence Day - June 19th National Pollinator Week - June 20th through 26th World Rainforest Day - June 22nd through 26th International Day of the Seafarer - June 25th National PTSD Awareness Day - June 27th
Happy Pride Month from Waterway Advocates!
This Pride Month, support our community by donating to mutual aid efforts and organizations run by LGBTQ+ people (like us!).
When colonization brought cultural ideas to indigenous communities around the world, it established mainstream notions of both gender and the environment.
However, there is an extensive and rich history of gender expression and romantic love that has existed outside the binary for all of recorded history.
The gender binary was enforced alongside the view that humans are meant to rule over and control the earth and all that it has to offer. The exploitation and oppression of humans and the planet go hand-in-hand. Therefore, in fighting to protect our planet, it is necessary to fight against all kinds of injustice, and to stand with and support oppressed communities however possible.
Make the #PlantNative pledge with us!
June 20th - 26th is National Pollinator Week! Pollinators support our food and medicine systems, and are an integral part of our way of life. In return, one of the best things we can do to support pollinators is plant species native to your area to increase habitat resiliency.
This June, we challenge YOU to plant a native species in your community. To find plants that are native to your region, visit the Native Plant Finder. By making the #PlantNative Pledge, you promise to improve your home gardens and community spaces by using native plants and spreading the word on why planting native is so critical.
Native Plant of the Month!
In the U.S., red, black, and white mangroves are native to Florida. Red mangroves are the host and nectar plant of the Mangrove skipper, a fast-flying butterfly with "streaks of electric blue" on its wings.
As we celebrate National Pollinator Week, now is the perfect time to add a native species to your garden that is a favorite of hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and moths!
When you recycle with TerraCycle, you can help us while helping the earth! #RecycleEverything and give back to our programs. The process to recycle everyday nontraditional items through TerraCycle is simple:
Click "My Impact" in your Profile.
Add "Waterway Advocates, Inc." as your Charity.
Ship your recycling through TerraCycle!