Protect Ocean Superheroes
Seagrass doesn’t look like much, but their Clark Kent understated exterior is hiding a true superhero underneath.
Seagrasses along with salt marshes, mangroves and tidal wetlands, are blue carbon ecosystems. They absorb and store up to four times more carbon than forests on land. Sometimes, they hold onto this carbon for thousands of years!
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, these blue carbon ecosystems can protect communities from the impacts of sea level rise, erosion, flooding and storms. Plus, while they are protecting coastal communities on land, they are also providing critical habitat for fish and other wildlife in the ocean.
With the rapidly escalating effects of climate change, we need these super powered ecosystems on Team Ocean. To date the ocean has absorbed about 90% of the excess heat generated by human-caused global warming. This has shifted the ocean’s chemistry, temperature and even circulation causing many ocean creatures to lose the homes, food and conditions they need to thrive.
In order to protect our ocean and let these incredible powerhouses get to work, Congress must pass the Blue Carbon for Our Planet Act.
Every superhero needs a sidekick and that’s where you come in. You can use your voice to ensure that blue carbon ecosystems are protected.