PangeaSeed is pleased to announce the latest print of the ongoing Sea of Change: The Year of Living Dangerously – Vol. 3 print suite by guest artist James Bullough (USA). The highlighted issue of this edition is coral reef conservation and ocean acidification. On sale Thursday, September 21st at 12pm PDT HERE.
Pania of the Reef is a legendary protector of the reef in local Maori folklore and is believed to live in the waters off the coast of Napier, New Zealand. Earlier this year, I collaborated with PangeaSeed Foundation’s Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans program and painted a large scale mural about Pania in Napier.
Due to man-made climate concerns, specifically, the rising CO2 levels in our atmosphere, the acidity levels of our oceans have risen and continue to rise at alarming rates killing the planet’s reefs and the delicate ecosystems around them. Pania is depicted floating defiant and hopeful over her baron reef despite the fact that she herself is dissolving from the acidification of the ocean.
You can help save corals:
Donate to an organization working to raise awareness and research such as PangeaSeed Foundation, Reef Check, Coral Reef Alliance etc.
Advocate global and regional action to protect of coral and coral reefs.
Support the establishment and protection of marine protected areas (MPAs).
Recommend ecotourism and dive or snorkel on coral reefs – but remember to look and DO NOT touch or stand on corals. This offers sustainable monetary alternatives to destructive fishing methods.
Think twice before you buy. Do not support the illegal trade of coral and try to reduce your carbon footprint.
Educate yourself, friends and family on the issues facing coral and other endangered ocean animals. Act NOW if we wish to save our seas.