Description: The materials below refer to the interviews about the film of “Chasing Coral”, we may see some information about the feedback given by different people on the the suffering of coral reefs and some suggestions to the problems.
I’m going to stick with the movie. I worked on coral bleaching as my senior thesis in college, so I knew all the numbers and all the facts, this was going to happen.
I think my biggest thing was that even though this was happening, I knew how bad it was getting in the water, it taught me that seeing is believing in that as powerful as Sciences, there’s nothing like the experience, there’s nothing like seeing it with your own eyes and having to deal with that and cope with that.
I think that changed me a lot, I’m a scientist, I’m not good at art, I’ve regret that there is nothing more powerful than collaboration between entities, so scientists and artists are coming together, it is one of the most powerful tools that we have on the planet.
I think a photo can change the world, can you tell us a little bit more about your children Oceanport program and where you want to go with it, so I’ve been running a program here in Colorado called teens for oceans for about five years now.
My goal has been to engage youth with science, but through the lens of an ocean, through my own story and through my love for it, but not to push them into the ocean world, if they’re interested in it, I see it as a Socratic approach, I want to engage people with what you want to know.
We’re going to find out that, but to open the door and give you the tools to find your curiosity and then to run with that, let you find out what you want to know and what you’re passionate about, because good passion leads to good work and good work changes the world.
He spent many of your childhood summers under the waves of the Pacific, how was that influenced your passion for the Corps, so my father took high school students to Hawaii every summer.
When I was a little kid, I would shadow the older kids and go tide pooling and go snorkeling and I was definitely one of those kids that needed my alone time and was out in nature and was definitely nerding out in the bookworm trying to find out as much as I could about biology.
Once I had my backyard and Boulder Colorado, the entire time and when I got like this brand new novel area of the underwater world, it’s almost unbelievable underwater that I was hooked immediately, it was this alien world, but I had my expansiveness that I could explore never-ending exploration.
You could never explore the entire ocean and I was hooked and I stuck with it my entire life, if you could travel back in time to do one thing that helps the environment, what would you do? No one’s ever asked me that you got to give me a moment.
I would go back to possibly two different places and I think that it would be the place to meet two people, but I think it would warn them of what was coming. I think I would go back and warn the scientists that were absolutely fantastic communicators before our generation and tell them that what they’re doing was so important and they need to do more and do it more effectively as effective as they were.
I think we could have done a little bit more, I’ve never been asked about it. People think about the ocean rather than telling them what should not do, will you give us an example of what this looks like, so one of the biggest things we do is that there are 31 cities in the United States that have pledged to go 100% renewable, so one of the biggest things that you can do which isn’t a sacrifice is to get involved with your local communities.
Let’s talk with your local administration, your local decision-makers to push things forward, one of the scariest statistics is that 58% of Americans believe in climate change less than 3% are actively doing something about it within politics.
So that’s a huge discrepancy, it doesn’t reflect our beliefs and that’s scary, so getting involved and the most important thing is that all of you are sitting here having this conversation with me, I’m sure you have a school filled with hundreds of other peers, parents and teachers sharing these stories and sharing this information equally important.
Those are the big things, that’s how we fundamentally change ideas, you all have families and friends who care about you, the people that love you and if you are passionate about something, those people around you that have care and love for you are also going to jump on board with that, they care about your opinion and they care about what you think and what you know.
What I feel is the youth, everyone around you is an authoritative figure. I have one more question, if you could give us a homework assignment, what would it be? I think the homework assignment is going to share the story, but I think it would engage your peers more, so my homework would utilize art and your peers.
Everyone has different aspirations, whether you’re aspiring to be a scientist or an artist, collaborate start something at your local schools where you take your scientist or even find your local university, go to the University of Santa Barbara, pick out a scientist, find what they’re working on and then utilize your school groups to go out and share that story in a meaningful way through media or through storytelling.
Those are what important scientists are bad at communicating, we’re good at what we do, but we’re atrocious at communicating with it and that’s the biggest conundrum that we have, so having folks that are willing to come in and share those stories with a more personal connection and a way that can engage the public’s amazingly important and so doing something like that, even if it’s a small thing that would be my homework.
I’m McKenna, I’m Hayden, I’m Reese, we’re from the Santa Barbara middle school team press here, we saw chasing coral last night, it was very inspiring for those who haven’t seen the film yet, will you briefly explain what the films a lot of people think, it’s an environmental doc, but I like to think of it as a story of a team of divers scientists and filmmakers who go out on a huge adventure to try and expose how our oceans are changing to the world in a powerful way.
The theme of this year’s Film Festival is the new normal, how do you think that chasing coral contributes to the scene, so I think that our ultimate goal with this film is to expose people to something that they might not be especial, because the oceans are largely out of sight, out of mind by exposing some of the issues that are happening.
We’re trying to influence people to cultivate a new normal, we want to see those fundamental changes in how people think and how society works and hopefully take our steps forward to having a more sustainable and thoughtful world and might not happen overnight.
They are the little steps and pushing through your failures and through your peaks and valleys and science usually wins, so we saw that you had many frustrating times on your quest of chasing coral, what continually led you to keep.
I have a deep connection with the marine world to this day, I have hard days like if I have to watch the movie and some of those shots are hard for me to get through without being emotional, because it was a hard time for me and I care so much about that.
I worked my entire life to get to the Great Barrier Reef and I ended up at the Great Barrier Reef to watch my dream die in front of my eyes and it was hard, but at the same time, it’s one of these things where in the back of my mind, I’m doing this for something, that’s bigger than my own selfishness.
I realized that we were the only team in the world that had an opportunity to catch this and to expose that to the public, that’s what kept me going in the back of my mind, this is bigger than me, I’m an opportunity to share something, that’s so meaningful to me.