by Erin Elizabeth: While it would be nice to believe that the reason we are destroying our oceans is that we don’t know any better…
that ship sailed a long time ago; “as our atmosphere’s carbon dioxide levels keep climbing at unprecedented rates, it’s clear that widespread unawareness has been replaced by a widespread apathy. We know all too well what’s happening, and we don’t care enough to work together to stop it.” 1 So, while it might be a little naive of me, I’m going to suggest that if you have a Netflix account you take advantage of the new documentary entitled, Chasing Coral.
After watching the 2012 documentary Chasing Ice, a documentary about our rapidly melting glaciers, former ad exec turned ocean conservationist, Richard Vevers, hired director Jeff Orlowski to direct his film about our dying oceans.
“Scientists are unequivocal about the cause of the bleaching: Our oceans are warming because they are absorbing more and more greenhouse gases as humans release massive, harmful amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. The more they heat up, the more algae the coral polyps must release to ensure their own short-term survival — but coral can’t survive long-term in such warm temperatures. It’s estimated that close to half of the coral in the Great Barrier Reef alone have died in the last 18 months. Things have gotten so bad that the terms of the debate have now shifted among coral scientists: Rather than try to restore the reefs, some simply hope to keep the remaining healthy reefs in functional condition.”2