The Coral Art Project
A masterpiece of crowd-collaboration towards the umbrella of the SDG 14 Life Below Water, the Coral Art Project brings together education and art. Using the Systems Thinking of View approach, art, and technology we build a sensorial experiential environment to bring awareness to the Coral Reef situation in South Florida. Coral reefs lay the foundation of a dynamic ecosystem with tremendous biodiversity and throughout the last 10 years also one of the most threatened marine systems. Scientists estimate that unless we take immediate action, we could lose up to 70 percent of coral reefs by 2050.
According to The Nature Conservancy, Coral reefs have been in decline in Florida since the 1970s due to a combination of stressors, some that still exist and some that have largely been reduced. However, live coral cover remains less than 10% and no significant recruitment of corals has been observed in the last 10 years. Coral reefs are not only are the home of many species of wildlife, but also are vital to the economy of Florida’s tourism industry, including commercial and recreational fishery and scuba diving activities. As an essential resource to fight climate change, they act as a natural buffer for Florida’s shoreline, helping to lessen the strength of waves, providing natural support for coastal resilience.
Understanding the Florida Coral Reefs
Corals are animals that have a symbiotic relationship with a microscopic algae called zooxanthellae. The corals benefit from the nutrients and oxygen that the zooxanthellae provide through photosynthesis, and the zooxanthellae receive nutrients and protection from the corals. The zooxanthellae give the corals their beautiful spectrum of colors.
Coral reef development occurs only in areas with specific environmental characteristics: a solid structure for attachment, relatively high water temperatures, clear waters low in phosphate and nitrogen nutrients, and moderate wave action to disperse waste and bring oxygen and plankton to the reef. Most of Florida’s sport fish species and many other marine animals spend significant parts (particularly during their younger development stages) of their lives on or around coral reef ecosystems.
JOIN THE CORAL ART DEVELOPMENT TEAM
We are looking for individuals and organizations that could contribute to this ambitious educational project. If you are involved with marine life, ocean conservation, plastic free, visual art, or technology consider joining Social Impact Movement's Coral Art Project, SDG14.