Thanks to Ann-Christine for hosting this weeks Lens-Artists Challenge
A small flower – delicate, fragile
but sometimes looks can be deceiving – the will to survive in any crack or cranny may show a strength that belies the delicacy we see.
Rain drops on leaves – delicate
Fish has a delicate flavour – unlike the bean mix which is strong in flavour.
Some matters are so delicate we don’t talk about them often even when we should.
Caring hands nurse the sick animals whose health is delicate just as nurses care for the delicate in hospitals for ill humans.
As our ecosystem becomes ever more delicate the value of protecting our mangroves becomes even more crucial. Mangroves are essential as a home and breeding ground to a large variety of fish, crustaceans, birds and amphibians. These mangroves are crucial for our biodiversity. They are also crucial to our own life as the mangroves ensure the purity of our water systems as it sifts and traps sediment, heavy metals and other nasties and protects the delicate coral reefs and seagrass beds. The mangroves are even more in demand as sea levels rise as they help prevent coastal erosion and protect from high tides and storm surges as rough weather becomes more prevalent. Perhaps, however, most importantly they are even better than mature rainforests at capturing and storing carbon. They become crucial in our battle with climate change which has been fuelled by our use of fossil fuels and other carbon emissions created by mankind.
Despite this mangroves are delicate and although they only constitute around 0.4% of the world’s forests they are disappearing at a rate 3 – 5 times greater than the other forests of the world. These delicate mangrove forests need to be nurtured and protected as their loss will greatly impact on our wildlife and indeed, our very own survival.