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Scientists have long been warning that Coral Reefs could be threatened by rising ocean water temperatures due to industrial Carbon emissions and climate change.  These warnings of wide destruction of Coral Reef habitats have not only manifested, but they have greatly surpassed the devastation that had been predicted.  In the scientific community and amongst those who understand our utter reliance on coral reefs there has been a major catastrophe the likes of which no one foresaw, the 2016 mass bleaching of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.  

 

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system on the planet and is the only living thing, which can be seen from space.  It stretches for over two thousand miles, long enough to reach from Maine to the Florida Keys if it were located on the east coast of the United States.  The El Nino of 2016 brought about increased water temperatures, which led to the bleaching and death of two thirds of the reef.  Much to the scientists surprise it was the pristine and remote northern portion of the reef that has been hit the hardest.  

 

It is imperative we realize that what we are witnessing is the first collapse of one of the planets bio systems - A bio system, which produces a substantial percentage of the air that we breath and provides habitat for plankton, which account for nearly 70% of the air that life depends on.  Humanity CAN NOT survive if this bio system collapses. The disappearance of earth’s coral reefs would initiate a domino effect of bio system collapses that would gradually culminate in the 6th great extinction event in our planet's 4 billion year existence.

It is most important that we realize we as a species are driving the annihilation of our only habitat and that the situation is of the upmost urgency.  We must come to terms with the fact that we are in great peril.  We are no longer discussing timeframes and calculating chart projections, THE CORAL REEFS HAVE ALREADY DISAPPEARED in many regions of the world.  The catastrophic damage that devastated the Great Barrier Reef in 2016 is unequivocal proof that unless major steps are taken we will indeed witness the extinction of coral and the extinction of a large percentage of life on earth - including humanity.

 

Although the Global Warming Crisis is the root cause of coral extinction and therefore is the chief concern of our enlightened international leaders and environmentalist, it is the Coral Reef Crisis that is the raging fire which must be put out immediately, lest the flames engulf us.

There is HOPE.  Hope lies in a new method known as CORAL GARDENING.  Major breakthroughs in the cultivation of coral specimens, have been made by marine scientists like Dr. Austin Bowden-Kerby, who have restored entire coral reefs in their pioneering development of CORAL GARDENING.  In Florida Dr. David Vaughn is also a pioneer in the emerging science of CORAL GARDENING.

It will be the main focus of THE OCEAN SOCIETY to organize and support the movement of CORAL GARDENING.  THE OCEAN SOCIETY will provide a think tank for the worldwide scientific community to collaborate and perfect the techniques of CORAL GARDENING.  We will guide and support the standardization of CORAL GARDENING techniques and propagate the information on an international level.

 

THE OCEAN SOCIETY will fund and administer a worldwide network of educational programs while also working in concert with universities, scientific institutions and environmental organizations to formalize the CORAL GARDENING method and encourage its implementation.  

 

CORAL GARDENING is our best-known method of restoring the reefs and averting an environmental catastrophe that very well may endanger our very survival.  Thus THE OCEAN SOCIETY will endeavor to become the international home base for CORAL GARDENING.

 

I urge you to join us in our efforts to teach the world about CORAL GARDENING and pressure our political representatives to take direct and immediate action to facilitate the widespread establishment of CORAL GARDENING networks.  No less than our very survival depends upon our success in averting the extinction of coral reefs and restoring those, which have already vanished.

 

October 2017

Riz Story 

THE OCEAN SOCIETY MANIFESTO