Losing Color

Nothing could make an adult and child both believe in magic in the way The Great Barrier Reef could. If color was born anywhere it was there and if life could be defined it would be this reef to define it. What makes it so special is when we as humans enter an ecosystem as unfamiliar as this, we allow ourselves to dive into a world untamed, contrary to our society, which is filled with boundaries and restriction. The irony in this, is that this wild and untamed world is more controlled and functional than ours could ever be. This ecosystem thrived, circulated and reproduced through the utilization of its environment and resources. It’s sad to say that over time our excessive emission of fossil fuels have been causing global temperatures to rise, which in turn causes sea temperature to follow and destroys this utopian world.

Our powerful and enigmatic ocean acts as a sponge and absorbs the carbon dioxide we emit. Our carbon emissions and the ocean’s absorption rate have tangoed together as partners for years, until our carbon emissions began to increase to an unmanageable point, a point even our powerful and unruly ocean could not handle. As the carbon levels increase, the water turns acidic, slowing down the rate in which carbon is absorbed and stored. As the sea temperatures rises the aquatic ecosystem is rattled, causing side effects such as what we are seeing with the coral reefs. The high temperatures are bleaching the reefs which complicate the lives of many fish who rely on them for survival. This second mass bleaching we have recently experienced, was followed by a similar one which happened not too far back in 2016. This short interval of time left the reefs unable to revitalize themselves, leaving this whimsical and fantastical environment in a place of severe danger, with the possibility of no longer existing. The colorful environment has turned white and drab, leaving a limited sign of any life and becoming a graveyard for many species. The only way to revive this dramatic loss is for there to be a substantial decrease in the use of fossil fuels and this substantial decrease needs to start now.

As a kid I lived in my imagination coloring life in the way I wanted it to be and I as I got older the colors were no longer in my head but around me, within every mountain crevice, changing into cooler tones throughout the desert as night would fall, detailing the animals that lived in the trees and that flew above my head. This transition from imagining a world to experiencing a world was a fortuitous tumble into maturity and a place of hope that if the world is this beautiful my life can be too. Every child deserves to stumble into the adult world with the same gleam of hope and it’s up to us to maintain a planet that they are amazed by. #RestartTheRevolution