If you are into surfing like me you probably have the utmost respect for the ocean.
But do you actually look into all of its parts other than the waves it brings along?
And if you are not a surfer, have you ever taken the time to understand what actually is going on in our oceans?
A big eye-opener for me was watching “Chasing Coral” directed by Jeff Orlowski. This film is extraordinary being a result of 500+ underwater hours and including footage from over 30 countries. But more than that, it shows the devastating damage our coral reefs are suffering from.
As summarized on the film’s website; “Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.”
In case you didn’t know, despite containing the most diverse ecosystem on earth, coral reefs are super important being the backbone for water filtration, fish reproduction, shore line protection, and erosion prevention.
They provide an impressive 25% of our marine life even though they only make up 0.1% of the seabed! Without them millions of people would miss out on an important food source as well as protection from storms.
Before watching the movie and doing a bit of my own research, I didn’t know that we had THAT big of a problem when it comes to coral reefs dying. Over the last 30 years, more than half of the world’s coral reefs have died. More than half in just 30 years!
I couldn’t believe that. Like it was said in the movie, most people look up into the sky being fascinated, yet, a lot of us do not appreciate what an incredible world lies beneath the ocean. And it is thanks to amazing people like the team from Chasing Coral that we get to wake up to this and take action to look after our precious ocean life.
So what can you/we do?
Here are just a few ideas:
- Share the trailer
- Host a screening or share the movie (the movie is available on Netflix and currently also on YouTube)
- do your own research and keep up to date with what is happening
- visit the website from Chasing Coral for some awesome ideas & information
- check out the fantastic Action Guide put together by the team from Chasing Coral