Words by Tess Becker
Coral reefs are one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, offering a habitat to fish, undersea plants and all other types of life. They’re also some of the places most susceptible to climate change around the globe.
Reefs, when exposed to warmer water for too long go through a process called coral bleaching, in which the coral becomes white and eventually dies. Reefs provide billions of dollars in support to coastal communities, from fishing to flood protection, but over half the reefs in the world have experienced bleaching.
A group in the Florida Keys held an underwater concert that advocated for coral reef protection and to raise awareness of coral bleaching.
The Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, which also spotlighted eco-conscious diving, took place at Looe Key Reef, an area of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Hundreds of divers and snorkelers came to see and take part in the event.
The setlist included the Beatles’ 'Yellow Submarine,' Jimmy Buffett’s 'Fins' and the theme from 'The Little Mermaid,' as well as awareness messages throughout about ways to minimize environmental impacts on the world’s coral reefs.
The four-hour musical event was staged by local radio station 104.1 FM and the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce.
At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.
Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida. This organization helps support the fauna throughout the Florida ocean and nature. Find out more and support them here.
Collective Sun. They help nonprofits get outfitted with solar power capabilities. Check them out here.
Florida Bicycle Association. An organization that helps mobilize people and promote greener living and safer biking. Find out more.