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Chasing Coral

Chasing Coral

Directed by J. C. Chandor

Chasing Coral is both an excellent documentary video and a sobering wake-up call to the effects of climate change on our oceans. Directed by Jeff Orlowski, director of the Emmy award-winning Chasing Ice, he brings us closer to the beautiful world found under our oceans. Jeff founded the Ocean Agency alongside Richard Vevers, very much the driving force behind the film.

The team does a great job of explaining how these fragile organisms function and the important role they play in maintaining our underwater ecosystems. With the increase in greenhouse gasses and the subsequent warming of our oceans, they show that even a tiny change of a couple of degrees can decimate entire reefs.

Using time-lapse photography and special underwater filming equipment, both leading scientists and photographers are able to show once vibrant coral reefs are being reduced to abandoned wastelands of bleached dead coral. Although a stark reminder of the predicament we find ourselves in, there is hope if we can make sustainable changes for our world.

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