According to Project Aware and other ocean conservation groups, the earth’s coral reefs are being threatened worldwide. Scientists estimate that 20 percent of the world’s coral reefs are already dead. The existence of another 60 percent hangs in the balance as destruction from human activities threatens reefs every day. All coral reefs are at risk from global warming. If current trends continue we may lose this precious resource within the next 30-50 years.

Human activity is the main cause of problems affecting coral reefs. Due to coral sensitivity to even the slightest change in local conditions, reefs are often the first ecosystems affected by human alteration of the environment.

These videos survey some of the causes and effects of coral reef damages in various locations around the world, and the work being done by Project Aware and other environmental groups to raise awareness and help reef conservation efforts.

"People ask: Why should I care about the ocean? Because the ocean is the cornerstone of earth's life support system, it shapes climate and weather. It holds most of life on earth. 97% of earth's water is there. It's the blue heart of the planet — we should take care of our heart. It's what makes life possible for us. We still have a really good chance to make things better than they are. They won't get better unless we take the action and inspire others to do the same thing. No one is without power. Everybody has the capacity to do something." Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

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