Description: The article mentions a lot of different issues affecting the oceans and various issues that are causing stress to chasing coral reefs, it covers some reasons why those coral reefs suffer a lot during the past a few years and shares with us about some situations.
We have these images here, a healthy beautiful colorful reef, it’s flat bland background that change, it can happen very quickly, as it turns out, we didn’t know when we started this project, how quickly a healthy reef could die and become decimated covered in algae.
As it turns out, that change could happen in a few months, our team was trying to visualize and capture this phenomenon of bleaching and we ended up getting much more powerful imagery than we could have anticipated.
The protagonists of the film was short, I don’t know where the tourist brochures do the dead reefs reflect the light further up, so you get wonderful beaches that you see in the holiday brochure.
It’s difficult because some of the tourist operators and different coral reef sites are downplaying, how bad it is on the reef and they’re concerned understandably, they’re concerned about tourism, but they’re looking at it from the short-term perspective, wanting people to think that everything looks fine and healthy.
It is great to keep coming out, that’s not the case on many coral reefs around the planet, it’s certainly not the Great Barrier Reef, there are a lot of different issues affecting the oceans, a lot of different issues that are causing stress to coral reefs, but the single biggest one is temperature.
The ocean is literally getting too hot for the corals to survive, the corals can live in a certain range of temperature and it varies around the planet, different corals in different parts of the planet live in different temperature zones.
We’re seeing the water temperature rise beyond that threshold, when that happens, the corals get stressed and it turns white for a period of time, it expels the algae that gives it its food and it turns white, if it stays at that temperature for too long, it will die, it’s like if a human had a fever, if you were a couple degrees centigrade, hotter than normal, your fever was like a hundred and two degrees Fahrenheit for a couple of weeks, that’s the equivalent of what’s happening to the corals.
In some cases, getting pushed, even hotter, because coral is a living thing, that is related to the algae that it eats fast, he doesn’t like the warm temperatures, the algae starts over producing in the warm temperatures and it makes too much oxygen and the animal inundated with too much of this nutrient.
It’s getting sick from that, so it expels it, because it’s over producing as if you had a little food factory in your stomach, that would make food for you, but you got sick and you vomited it out, it’s effectively, what the coral animal is doing the energy, the algae, the plant that live in the coral starts over producing it, kicks it out and then it starts starving.
It’s fascinating beautiful relationship, it’s a symbiotic relationship between the animal and the plant, that relationship creates this rock, it’s plant animal and mineral in one creature and as it grows, it creates these structures, these massive structures, these structures can be seen from space, it all comes from this, very simple relationship between the plant and the animal.
It’s relatively wealthy, how did you go about documenting using your film background so that the people are less fortunate than Richard season, when we started this project and when I met Richard, we quickly learned about what was happening in the ocean and all the problems.
We’ve wanted to look at this bleaching problem, so there was how we can document that change over time, it was unfortunate and it happened much faster than we anticipated, but we were able to build an incredible team, you couldn’t get any government, because this is groundbreaking research, you can get any government funding, we didn’t try to get article.
We try to get government funding, it’s a challenge, it takes a long amount of time as well to do that and certainly where we’re at now in the United States, it’s even more of a challenge, I would say.
We found the fastest way to success, it was all through private investment and private philanthropy that people that believed in the project and can get on board and wanted to see the symmetry exist.
I’m not channeling my inner Rex Tillerson here through an excellent, because I know by temperature change, you’re talking obviously about fossil fuels creating carbon dioxide which causes climate change peer-reviewed research in nature magazine says in contrast to established conventional belief environmental factors were much better at correlating with the deaths of coral reefs in temperature and other factors.
So you’re talking about the death of coral reefs, not about bleaching as a whole, so when you look at the good, I don’t know what caused that, so when you look at the loss of corals all around the planet over the last 30 to 50 years, a lot of the loss of coral around the planet has been due to a variety of factors.
Absolutely agricultural runoff is one of the biggest things in the Florida Keys and in the southern United States, we used to have thriving healthy corals there, but all the fertilizer runoff fertilizer helps plants grow and when it runs off into the ocean, it helps the bad algae grow that then suffocates the corals how much great face you have that President Trump is ditched, because he cares about the coral and one’s tougher things like President Trump knows too much about coral reefs or cares about them particular.
I don’t think that’s his driving motivation. I would love him to see the film and maybe it affects him emotionally, maybe he recognizes this beautiful life force on the planet, if I’m talking about Goodrem, I don’t think that is a environmental.
I don’t know if you have seen chasing, I hope that she would reach out and see Jason coral, we would happily get her a copy immediately to share it with her family and within the White House, this is not a future threat, this is a very current threat that only gets worse in the future.
At the end of the day, we know that we need to stop emitting carbon and pull carbon back down from the atmosphere, that is what the science needs to be done for us to have a stable planet that humans are dependent upon, so that’s the challenge we need to move past the debate of whether or not this is an issue and have the debate around how do we properly incentivize or disincentivize actions for that stability that we require geoff Orlovsky.
The world’s coral has disappeared in the last 30 years, how did you get involved in making a film about a coral after making one of my eyes, he was showing me a picture showing the imagery of what a healthy reef looks like and what a dead reef looks like and we immediately knew that there’s something there.
If we could visualize that, if we could capture that, there would be a powerful story in regards to what’s happening to the planet, what’s happening to the oceans, the scale of the numbers was so extreme, it would take a lot of pictures, it would take a lot of stories.