Photo taken at: Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Did you know that almost 40 percent of indigenous people live in coastal or island regions? There are 70 indigenous tribes that depend on the Great Barrier Reef, including the Torres Strait Islander people who boast one of the highest seafood consumption rates per person in the world. This group reaps many economic and social benefits from reefs, and relies on them for food, livelihood, and protection from tropical storms. Due to rising temperatures, ocean acidification, and coral bleaching, many large reefs such as the Great Barrier Reef have deteriorated rapidly in the past decade. Entire communities are at risk of losing their identity and culture, which are often tied to the natural environment. In extreme circumstances, which are becoming increasingly plausible due to climate change, entire communities face the threat of displacement due to sea level rise.