Jared Romero and Dr. Julia Oxford
Coral Reefs are large, diverse underwater ecosystems made from coral; the skeletons of colonial marine invertebrates. The reefs provide food, shelter, and areas for breeding for about 25% of the ocean's marine species. When it comes to the environment, reefs generate half of Earth's oxygen and absorb one-third of the carbon dioxide generated from burning fossil fuels. Along with this, the reefs provide people with food, jobs, new medicine opportunities, and even protection from storms and erosion. The coral reefs are not only important to the environment and marine life, but to the economy as well. However, coral reefs are dying. It is dire to understand that the root of this problem is urbanization and population growth (producing more garbage, burning more fossil fuels), it's about limited knowledge and mass ignorance, and it's about environmental processes/change leading to negative changes in human health. Therefore, with a One Health solution people can aim to achieve optimal health for us, animal/plant life, and the environment.
Shusterove, Lexi and Romero, Jared, "The Importance of Coral Reefs and How to Ensure Their Longevity, a One Health Approach" (2020). VIP 2020. 12.