This past April, Linkin Park band members Rob Bourdon and Dave 'Phoenix' Farrell joined professional surfers Koa Smith and Koa Rothman in a visit to Magdalena Bay in Mexico's Baja Peninsula to see firsthand the Mangroves conservation project that Music for Relief launched one year ago.
Music for Relief, founded by the band Linkin Park in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, has partnered with WiLDCOAST to conserve 61 miles of mangroves in Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The program is helping restore wildlife habitats, protect coastal areas, and keep our ocean pristine.
Touring the Mangroves, they learned about the aquatic plants and their function in carbon sequestration, protection of coastal communities and preservation of marine ecosystems. The coastal desert mangroves, which account for about one percent of Mexico's arid northwest, are estimated to store 28 percent of the region's underground carbon. Destruction of mangroves can release thousands of years of stored carbon into the atmosphere.
Mangroves are botanical amphibians that form forests, which are among the most productive and biologically complex ecosystems on Earth. They are the tropical rainforests of the ocean. The plants' interlocking roots stop riverborne sediments from coursing out to sea - making them natural land builders. Their trunks and branches serve as a palisade that diminishes the erosive power of waves.
Following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, research demonstrated that where mangrove forests were intact, they served as natural breakwaters, dissipating the energy of the waves, mitigating damage, and saving lives.
Mangroves are threatened by development, oil spills, chemical pollution, sediment overload, climate change, and disruption of their sensitive water and salinity balance.
Since inception in 2005 Music for Relief has raised over $8 million for survivors of multiple disasters across four continents including Hurricane Katrina, China's Wenchuan earthquake, a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, earthquakes in Haiti and Japan in 2010, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
MFR has organized benefit concerts, online auctions, and events with multi-platinum musicians and celebrities to help rebuild and donate supplies to people in need. Music for Relief has also planted over 1.3 million trees to help reduce climate change.
You can support the ongoing work of Music for Relief by donating here: https://www.chideo.com/causes/music-for-relief/donate
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