The team behind Netflix's Chasing Coral is on a mission
CEESP News - by Dillon Ripley Lanius
From the makers of Chasing Ice comes the Netflix Original Documentary Chasing Coral. The story of divers, scientists and photographers from around the world who mount an epic underwater campaign to document the disappearance of coral reefs and reveal the phenomenon to the world.
Coral reefs are dying at an unprecedented rate. 93% of the heat trapped in the atmosphere is absorbed by our ocean, with sea surface temperatures rising at an average rate of 0.13°F per decade since 1901.
Corals are incredibly complex and need very specific conditions to survive. If their environment gets too hot, the coral animal bleaches white, and is likely to die. Why does this happen? It basically comes down to how the coral gets its food. The algae that live inside coral tissue is also its most important food source. The catch is that those algae rely on a narrow range of temperature. If the water gets too warm for too long, the algae become distressed and begin producing toxins rather than food. When this happens, the corals get rid of the algae as fast as possible (just like humans with a bacteria). This is called bleaching because all that is left is the transparent tissue and the bright white skeleton underneath.
Now the team behind Chasing Coral is on a mission is to use the film to build political will for climate action by igniting the next wave of advocates in the most unexpected places.
Scientists around the world are taking action to save corals for the future. Some are collecting the “seed banks” to preserve the biodiversity of the corals. Others are designing reef restoration projects or examining how to genetically alter corals so that they can be more resilient.
In the coming months, Chasing Coral will be working with schools, companies, advocacy allies and others to launch city-specific campaigns to drive targeted impact. Got an idea? Interested in working together? Reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org
What can you do right now? Watch the film, host a free screening of Chasing Coral in your community, and raise awareness for coral bleaching by sharing the trailer with your networks. Visit www.chasingcoral.com for more information.