Portraits of Resilience

How Climate Change is affecting our Coral Reefs?

Climate change is affecting our coral reefs. The coral is home to sea-life and when the coral dies the sea creatures that live in the coral have to find new homes. Sea creatures will have to find food somewhere else. Sea-life won’t be able to breed properly because of the heat. Some sea-life might even have to move to different areas.

Climate change is affecting our coral reefs. The coral is home to sea-life and when the coral dies the sea creatures that live in the coral have to find new homes. Sea creatures will have to find food somewhere else. Sea-life won’t be able to breed properly because of the heat. Some sea-life might even have to move to different areas.

I went to Savaia and interviewed the mayor. He said that over the years the coral was destroyed by climate change and fishing. When the people used to fish they used to hit the coral to let the fish through.
They tried to find ways to save the coral. In Savaia they have coral conservation. They have had conservation for ten years and intend to keep it there forever. No one is allowed to damage the coral or fish there. If someone is found hurting the coral or doing something silly they get a fine.

They put clams (imported from Tonga) to grow in the conservation area. The coral conservation will be safe unless a natural disaster happens. Before there never used to be any fish there because of climate change and fishing, but now there are fish of all sizes. They had to build sea-walls because of the waves that were coming.
I think they are doing the right thing to solve this problem so that the next generation can see better things than we see now.

— Janiva Lapalapa

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