Conservation of coral reefs is complicated by direct human activity and indirect effects on the global climate. Sustainability is the concept that current needs may be met without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. What human needs or wants are met by sustaining coral reefs? What where some of the economic considerations that you needed to understand? What where some of the cultural considerations that you needed to understand? What actions can you personally take to save the coral reefs? What actions could your class take to save coral reefs?
The United States is involved in coral reef preservation through the United States Geological Survey, NOAA, and the EPA. Many universities and organizations, including Reef Relief are engaged in reef research and preservation.