Coral is Moral is a campaign to get sunscreens containing the coral-killer ingredient oxybenzone banned from the U.K.

We will petition U.K. Prime Minster Theresa May to take the global lead in banning this ingredient and preventing further damage to the world’s crucial coral reefs.

When harmful sunscreen molecules such as oxybenzone slide off our skin into the water they trigger viral epidemics that kill coral reefs. It only takes a few particles to do irreversible damage.

Annabel Van Westerop, currently 
No.2 in the World Kitetour supports 
the Coral is Moral Campaign.

The damage done

Imagine how you would feel if all coral ended up bleached and dead looking like this.

Our precious coral reefs are under threat. And because of that, so are we.

An overwhelming 250 million people depend on coral reefs for their livelihoods around the world. From medical research to responsible tourism, fishing and water sports, countless industries need coral. It is key to their work. And essential for their survival.

Coral reefs contribute over £20 billion to the global economy and must be urgently saved from disappearing.

Ten per cent of the global coral reef loss each year is down to our use of sunscreen. Sunscreens contain harmful chemicals, the worst of which is oxybenzone.

Seven million litres of harmful sunscreen finds its way from our bodies into the world’s oceans every year.

Sunscreen is responsible for the bleaching and decimation of 10% of all coral reef damage annually.

Coral is a moral issue. Let’s keep coral alive.

Help spread the word on social media by using the hashtag #CoralisMoral, and by liking us on our facebook page www.facebook.com/coralismoral.

The Coral is Moral Petition

We, the undersigned, petition the U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May to ban oxybenzone sunscreens.

Oxybenzone is used in around 3,500 different sunscreen brands and has been proven to start deathly viral epidemics in coral.

Sunscreens containing this ingredient marketed to, and purchased by, consumers in the U.K. are taken to holiday destinations where coral is already struggling for survival. Notably in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean including as far north as Bermuda in the Atlantic, the Red Sea, on the Great Barrier Reef and in the Coral Triangle in S.E. Asia.

This damage takes the 30% of marine life that is sustained by coral perilously close to extinction and puts at risk the 250 million people that depend on coral for their livelihood. We therefore call for this ingredient to be banned.

Help spread the word on social media by using the hashtag #CoralisMoral, and by liking us on our facebook page www.facebook.com/coralismoral.

Coral is Moral Reef Restoration

The Going Blue Foundation is funding a number of reef restoration projects starting with those on the Caribbean island of Bonaire and Sulawesi in Indonesia, in the heart of the Coral Triangle.

The reef restoration projects we support are currently:

  1. Reef Restoration Foundation, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands
  2. Marche Polytechnic University, Sulawesi, Indonesia
  3. Coral Reef CPR, HARP programme, Maldives

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