The 25 minute CNN documentary “Race to Save the Reef” is a must-see — but be prepared to be stunned at times and hopeful at others. Aerial footage shows how mammoth the coral reef area is – the size of a small country and home to over 1000 species of aquatic life. Striking underwater visuals give you an exact view of how fast the reef is dying. And even though efforts to save it are well underway, all spokespersons are cautious in predicting the success to save the reef. We hear from such experts as John Veron – known as the “God Father of Coral,” who has been researching coral since the 1960s. Other Australian experts include Prof. Sean Connolly of James Cook University, scientists from the Australian Institute for Marine Science and a middle school class working on a “Saving Nemo” project. Everyone in the documentary connects climate change to burning fossil fuels, the warming ocean waters and the bleaching of the coral to carbon dioxide – all claiming the life of the coral reef acre by acre.
If everyone could stop in a minute to acknowledge the harms we are causing on our planet, what would earth look like in the next 10 years or is it too late? To quote George Bernard Shaw: “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their