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Veterans Saving the Coral Reefs

Our ocean ecosystems provide oxygen and food for every living thing on the planet, making it essential for sustaining life. Yet, researchers are observing accelerated and unprecedented destruction of the world’s marine resources. Rising water temperatures, ocean acidification, pollution, overfishing, and
overdevelopment have almost irreversibly damaged our oceans, rivers, and lakes.

At the same time, our US veterans are facing major struggles adjusting back to civilian life. In fact, the number of veterans who die by their own hands each year is greater than the total (official) number of all US war deaths in seventeen years of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thanks to your donations, GreaterGood.org is able to partner with Force Blue, an organization that addresses these two seemingly unrelated problems and works toward the betterment of both.

In its latest efforts, Force Blue is working to save and protect the coral reefs in Florida. Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) is a particularly virulent, fast-moving coral disease that has been ravaging the Florida Coral Reef Tract from Martin County to the Dry Tortugas for the past three years. Force Blue divers have been working to build firewalls within healthy coral colonies to help stem the spread.

We couldn’t do it without you!

Published on, June 27, 2019