I watched an amazing documentary on Netflix last night called Chasing Coral. For those of you who haven’t heard about this film (it debuted on July 14th), it follows a team of divers, photographers and scientists as they try to discover and reveal why coral reefs throughout the world, including here in the US Virgin Islands, are dying.
Here are some pretty alarming facts from the documentary:
- One fifth of the Great Barrier Reef died in 2006. That’s an astonishing number.
- The temperature of the ocean has risen an average of two degrees celsius which has led to widespread coral bleaching i.e. death. It’s the equivalent of living with a constant fever.
- Ninety-three percent of the heat trapped in the earth’s atmosphere is absorbed by the ocean. Without our oceans, the average air temperature would be 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
Why is this happening? Climate change. Something we can all help to fix.
Drink St. John is hosting a screening of Chasing Coral this Saturday, August 5th at 7 p.m. It will be shown on the big screen over the beach and between the palms – a perfect backdrop for this extremely important film. They will also be accepting donations for the Coral Restoration Fund. If you are on island this weekend, I strongly encourage you to attend.
Check out this pic that shows exactly what’s happening:
How alarming is that?
Here is the film’s trailer. Please check it out:
And here’s a bit of what Variety had to say about Chasing Coral:
One foolproof way to make an audience cry is to tell the story of a dog who dies. (Sure, it’s manipulative, but I’m not sure I’d want to be friends with someone who sat dry-eyed through “Marley & Me.”) Yet did you ever think you’d shed a tear for dying coral? In “Chasing Coral,” the winner of this year’s Audience Award for documentary at Sundance, we see the coral beds of the world’s oceans in all their wavy phosphorescent delicacy and flesh-bulb splendor. They’re like flowers, brains, suction cups, tubular orifices; a lot of them come in sparkly psychedelic colors that look too wild to fit onto a rainbow.
Then we see the same coral beds after they’ve expired: vast stretches of stone-gray fossil, the former tentacles reaching up like dead fingers. Anyone who has been snorkeling has probably encountered coral graveyards like these, but only now does it occur to you that you’re seeing not undersea “rock formations” but skeletons. Corpses. Corals may have the placidity of plants, but in fact they’re self-feeding animals. They are — literally — the squishy bedrock of life, so if they’re disappearing from the floor of the earth (which they are), we all have a major problem.
Again, please watch this documentary if you can and help us preserve the world’s coral reefs. Use reef-safe sunscreen. Oh and please don’t litter either. That’s simply not cool. Let’s all love this beautiful planet of ours.
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!