Vote for political leaders who recognize that environmental health is inextricably linked to our prosperity, health, and security. In the billions of years of history of Earth, it’s only since the end of the last Ice Age that human beings made the leap forward from bands of hunter gatherers to modern civilization. And in that time, we’ve been blessed with an incredibly stable climate that supported the ecosystems and life we needed to survive and grow. If that gets thrown out of whack, it will be heartbreaking to see so much wildlife decimated. But ultimately, Earth will eventually recover, and life will take new forms. The real problem we have to reckon with is that humanity will be screwed. Everything that exists that allows us to live will be out of balance, like the coral reefs that feed and protect us from storms.
Demand that our politicians step up to protect us all by protecting coral reefs. For those worried about refugees, imagine what will happen when hundreds of millions of people can no longer feed themselves off of reef fisheries, lose their homes to rising waves, and have no more jobs from a dead scuba and snorkel economy. I could keep going with more examples, but that’s really how you can have the most impact. Call your representatives and let them know that if they don’t step up, then you’re going to kick them out. Because they are failing us all in the name of ignorance and greed.