Milu Et HaMayim
Everything According to its Design
וַיִּבְרָ֣א אֱלֹהִ֔ים אֶת־הַתַּנִּינִ֖ם הַגְּדֹלִ֑ים וְאֵ֣ת כָּל־נֶ֣פֶשׁ הַֽחַיָּ֣ה הָֽרֹמֶ֡שֶׂת אֲשֶׁר֩ שָֽׁרְצ֨וּ הַמַּ֜יִם לְמִֽינֵהֶ֗ם. וַיְבָ֧רֶךְ אֹתָ֛ם אֱלֹהִ֖ים לֵאמֹ֑ר פְּר֣וּ וּרְב֗וּ וּמִלְא֤וּ אֶת־הַמַּ֨יִם֙ בַּיַּמִּ֔ים
And God created the great sea creatures, and every living soul that swims in the sea according to its type (design). And God blessed them, saying: 'Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas.
According to Judaism, everything was created with its own unique purpose and character, and was blessed by God. Therefore, Judaism has no concept of extinction. Everything is necessary in the perfect web of creation. It was only when humans were thrown into the mix that we messed it up.
Coral reefs are a perfect ecosystem, everything has a role and naturally creates a balanced system. It is the human-made changes in the environment that unbalance the system, and send the ecosystem into chaos.
Coral Reefs cover less than 0.1% of the ocean floor, yet contain 25% of marine biodiversity. But they are currently at high risk from human impacts.
What We Are Doing
Tikkun HaYam partners with other organizations to take a hands-on approach to coral restoration.
Tikkun HaYam does not allow sunscreens using Oxybenzone or other chemicals known to hurt reefs on trips, and offers alternative for those who don't yet know.
What You Can Do
Climate change is the number one factor that is influencing our coral reefs. So you can easily make a difference in your daily life. Turning off lights you're not actively using, conserving water, and decreasing our carbon footprints are all easily ways to help our coral reefs.
Again, being a conscious consumer is important for our ocean. When you buy products for your skin, make sure they're not going to harm our coral reefs. Check out Stream2Sea's information page to find out more.