New Report Says We Can Save
Coral Reefs in the Caribbean
July 2, Washington, DC - VideoTakes is proud to present a new video, From Despair to Repair, as a complement to a report, Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012, released this week by the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) in partnership with the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the United Nations Environmental Programme UNEP.
The video features two veteran marine scientists, Dr. Jeremy Jackson and Dr. Nancy Knowlton, who fell in love with each other and the reefs 40 years ago. Today those reefs are gone, due primarily to overfishing, pollution and overpopulation. Given that Caribbean coral reefs generate more than $3 billion annually from tourism and fisheries, and that they are a major oceanic ecosystem, this is a tragedy that must be reversed.
Currently there are voices saying climate change has already doomed coral reefs but the report shows that loss of parrotfishes and other grazers has been far more important than climate change for Caribbean reef destruction so far.
“Even if we could somehow make climate change disappear tomorrow," says Dr. Jackson, lead author of the report, "these reefs would continue their decline. We must immediately address the grazing problem for the reefs to stand any chance of surviving future climate shifts.”
Cannon-Brown, who produced, directed and edited the program, was privileged to work with her life-long friend Kristin Westbrook (creative director) and Kristin’s husband Wayne Westbrook (director of photography and sound designer) on the film. The program also features the magic of motion graphics designer Dennis Zimmerman. Look at the historic photos up front and see how Zimmerman brought them to life!
Catherine Zimmerman (see VideoTakes About page) is both an award-winning director of photography and certified horticulturist and landscape designer. She’s now teamed up with entomologist Doug Tallamy and the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council to produce a new film on native plants, Hometown Habitat. VideoTakes will help with post-production. Like all independent filmmakers, Zimmerman needs additional funding to fulfill her vision. To learn more, go to www.themeadowproject.com