What? AGAIN?This is the third year that I'm raising funds for a cause I care about. Two years ago it was clean water access. Last year, it was for the sea. This year, again, it's for the sea. That's in part because I don't see geopolitics or changing climate helping reefs and other marine ecosystems recover from the onslaught of pollution and over fishing.
That makes sense. So what happens to my money? What happened to my money last year?
2) Reef Rehabilitation: Coral, as you know, is alive. But, when it breaks off from the main skeleton, the polyps die off. There's a critical window of opportunity during which that broken piece can be recovered and used to reconstruct reefs. That's what Reefwatch is going to do in the Andaman Islands - using Biorock, Reefwatch will be building back the reefs using local coral fragments. This will strengthen ecosystem resilience from the ground up - bring back fish, biodiversity, and, ultimately, I hope, spread the wealth.
Taking on ecosystem recovery - particularly where there are multiple physical and political forces at play, is not easy. It takes work, time and resources. Most importantly, there needs to be continuity. And that's why I'm doing this for Reefwatch the second time around. If you at all think that this cause is worth your hard-earned dollars, please do consider donating.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
If you're living and working in India, you can get a tax benefit under section 80(G)
Unfortunately, you don't if you're in the U.S. or elsewhere. However, you can still donate - your money is routed through Milaap's U.S. operation, so there are no additional international transaction costs.
2) Those photos are amazing.
I know. Sumer Verma took them. His instagram is crack addicting. Check it out! @luminousdeep