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Florida Can Help Save Our Coral Reefs by Banning Harmful Sunscreens
After research discovered that specific chemicals found in popular sunscreens were damaging coral reefs, lawmakers in Hawaii swiftly responded. They voted to prohibit all sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, the two principal culprits threatening the wellbeing of the globally scattered reefs.
Hawaii, an idyllic island destination, magnetizes millions of tourists annually. A significant number come for the opportunity to dive and snorkel in their crystal-clear waters, witnessing the breathtaking coral just beneath the surface. Lawmakers recognized the appeal of coral to tourists, prompting their haste to safeguard it.
On mainland US, Florida is equally renowned for its beach allure. It claims the Florida Reef, the only living coral reef in the continental US, which also ranks as the third largest globally. Regrettably, the state has yet to enact measures to shield this incredible natural asset from the harmful chemicals laden in some sunscreens. Many sunscreens available in the market are safe and efficient without containing these destructive chemicals. Mineral-based sunscreens are often deemed the most environmentally friendly.
By neglecting these realities, Florida risks endangering one of its major tourist attractions. Over time, the expansive Florida Reef could deteriorate and perish.
Florida needs to follow Hawaii's example and prohibit these environmentally harmful chemicals. It's a simple solution that could significantly contribute towards ensuring the longevity of our coral reefs. Please sign the petition to implore Florida to ban sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate.