chasing coral – run to see this!

posted November 15, 2017

A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling adventure to document the disappearance of the world’s coral reefs, this documentary is the result of 3 years work and hundreds of hours of underwater footage. Corals are a fundamental part of the planetary and oceanic ecosystem (supporting 25% of marine life) as well as being exceptionally beautiful. A temperature increase of just 2 degrees Celsius may not seem like a lot in the air, but for marine life this is like living with a constant fever. The damage done to the corals in the oceans due to climate change is scary, profoundly moving and motivating. Coral reefs are dying at an unprecedented rate, but it’s not too late to save them. Do do so however we need to act right now  to lower our ocean’s temperature by reducing carbon emissions in the air and working towards clean energy solutions. This is something that each and every one of us has a responsibility to undertake in any way that we can.

In many ways the oceans are the final frontier for human kind, there is so much we don’t know about or understand – and yet our high energy consumption lifestyles and subsequent climate change is destroying the oceans faster than we can explore them. The corals are the ‘canary in the coal mine’ that indicate not only the health of our oceans and the life that they support, but indeed the health of our entire planet.

 It’s not too late for coral reefs… indeed, for many other ecosystems that are facing challenges from climate change. It’s still possible to reduce the rate at which the climate is changing, and that’s within our power today.”

– Dr. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

The makers of the documentary have a host of resources that you can access to spread the word and to take action. Click HERE to see them.

You can watch this documentary on Netflix, find a screening near you or host a screening.