simple actions you can take to support the oceans' challenges, today

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How changing our habits can save the reefs

By Khadija Stewart, activist, Trinidad & Tobago

Photos by: Chapur Risler

As a child growing up, the ocean was deeply embedded in my being.

I would spend days at the beach, building sandcastles with my sister, counting coconut trees on the shore, getting sand in my hair, playing in the water, admiring the fishing boats and just having an incredible time.

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>1%

of the ocean is covered with coral reefs,  known as “rainforests of the sea"

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25%

of all known marine species call these coral reefs HOME

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40%

of coral reefs have been either destroyed or severely degraded in recent years

ACT NOW

Use Reef friendly Sun-screen

Many don't know that protecting our skin is hurting coral reefs. Uses these brands that are safe for all

Spread the truth

Share with others the importance of coral reefs to the health of the seas

Donate to reef restoration

There are many NGOs doing amazing work for coral reefs. Here are five you can support

Khadija Stewart
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I am an enthusiastic environmentalist, driven by love for water

My biggest passion is sharing the importance of water through content creation and powerful storytelling initiatives to mobilize the youth

My main goal is to create eco-conscious citizens so they can be the change that this world needs.

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Action for the Oceans is a youth leadership storytelling program launching on this year's United Nations World Oceans Day