Why are our oceans getting warmer?
Our oceans are getting warmer because of global warming. The ocean absorbs over 90% of the climate change heat trapped by greenhouse gasses (caused by fossil fuel burning, forest destruction and other human activities).
Despite sustaining all life on earth, our ocean is as fragile as the human body — even a small change in temperature (as little as 1 degree C), can cause corals to glow or bleach white, resulting in vital ecosystems shutting down.
Why are coral reefs so important?
Reefs are the most biodiverse place on earth, supporting a quarter of all marine life and over a million species, despite only covering <0.1% of the ocean.
Reefs provide half a billion people with food, jobs and income, and contribute $375 billion a year to the global economy.
They protect hundreds of millions of people from storms and flooding - a healthy reef can reduce coastal wave energy by up to 97%.
They're a source for life-saving medicines for diseases such as cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and heart disease
How can we save coral reefs?
In the last 30 years, we've lost 50% of the world’s corals, and they are projected to decline by a further 70 – 90% in the next 20 years.
In order to save reefs, we need to protect them from local threats such as over-fishing and pollution, whilst we rapidly address the global threat of climate change.
Coral reefs don't get the attention and prioritization they desperately need and warrant. It is the lack of awareness and support that’s leading to inaction.
So... In this Creative Challenge we’d like students to use the power of Adobe Premiere Rush to write, narrate and edit a ‘call to action’ video aimed to be shared on social media, about why we need greater ocean protection and climate action, to save coral reefs.