BREEF is thrilled to join ocean heroes such as Dr. Sylvia Earle as Rolex highlights BREEF’s work to protect coral reefs through the Rolex Perpetual Planet Initiative. BREEF’s award-winning short film is now featured on the Rolex.org website.
Coral reefs are under serious threat and are especially vulnerable to warming waters due to human-induced climate change. Globally, 80% of live corals have died in the last 50 years. Human actions have already caused 1C of this global warming which has resulted in impacts such as the climate-fueled Hurricane Dorian. If global warming exceeds 1.5C, small island states, particularly low-lying archipelagic nations like The Bahamas, will be even more at risk.
Restoring and protecting coral reefs is very important for the health of the marine environment and our livelihood. A structurally diverse reef can provide a multitude of habitats for species. Healthy reefs also reduce wave energy by 95%, protecting our coasts during major storms.
“We are honoured to be recognised by Rolex’s Perpetual Planet Initiative as we share the wonders of the underwater world with children who live in our archipelago. Through our Eco-Schools programme we are able to reach young people in The Bahamas and around the world and inspire local and global action. We are working on the ground to protect and restore our coral reefs and the tremendous biodiversity they contain. This short film is an inspiration and a reminder to us all of our responsibility to protect the marine environment especially in the face of a changing world.” -Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, BREEF Executive Director.
In addition, the inspiring short film highlights the BREEF Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden & Coral Nursery. The garden is home to “Ocean Atlas” – the world’s largest underwater sculpture and it is used as an underwater classroom, created to draw attention to the threats facing our coral reefs, and to drive action to protect them.
To learn more about how you can help restore and help protect our precious marine ecosystems, visit https://breef.org/index.php/donate/adopt-a-coral/