Chasing Coral screening & panel at CED
By Flannery Winchester
On the night of Sunday, November 12, we kicked off Congressional Education Day with a screening of Chasing Coral and a panel discussion afterward. This film was a beautiful way to begin our conference, because it gave us a stunning visual of some of what we’re working to preserve.
As we quote regularly in CCL, we’re often “torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor it.” Chasing Coral’s gorgeous depictions of coral reefs offered a chance to savor—and understanding the plight they (and we) are in gave us an extra dose of inspiration to save.
Because that plight is serious. Right now, the oceans have absorbed much of the extra heat from our atmosphere, and as the film points out, those few degrees make a huge difference. “It’s like your body temperature rising,” one of the scientists says.
After our audience of almost 200 enjoyed the film, the evening transitioned into a panel discussion moderated by Julia Roberson from Ocean Conservancy, and joined by Dr. Mark Eakin from NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch, Max Steinman from Exposure Labs, and Jake Barr from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and the Coast Guard.
The panelists took questions from Julia, the moderator, and from audience members. They offered some staggering statistics, like the cost of losing our coral reefs amounts to about $9 trillion per year. They also spoke encouragingly about the movement happening in Congress on this issue, and the ability regular citizens have to effect change on the climate issue as a whole.
Watch the recording of the panel discussion here, which was live streamed from CCL’s Facebook page:
And if you haven’t watched Chasing Coral yet, stream it on Netflix or visit the film’s website to find a screening near you.