One of our planets the greatest defences, the “Forever plant” Seagrass, against CO2 emission into the atmosphere is in danger.
Seagrass and ensuring the continued mass cultivation, is a must! A hectare of this plant can soak up 15 times more carbon dioxide, and are able to capture carbon dioxide 35 times faster than tropical rainforests.
Although Seagrass make-up just 0.2% of the oceans sea-floor, it captures 10% - 11% of carbon dioxide produced by oceans each year.
Seagrass population has been reduced by more 44% due to anchoring (this is around, losing two football fields of seagrass every hour), this has lead to 1/7 of the species to be marked as “endangered” and at risk of extinction.
They have a large biodiversity. This means they’re home to thousands of different fish species and provide a safe environment for marine wildlife such as baby fishes to live, or other endangered species such as dugongs and manatees to live.
When one of the oceans primary food producers is lost, guess what happens? Marine ecosystem and food chain is disrupted. Seagrasses produce food through the method of photosynthesis. This means using energy from the sun to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and food, which is then consumed by smaller fishes and the food-web continues.
Disrupting this equilibrium means a loss of habit and food sources for marine wildlife!