NatureAnimals: Sarah and I watched the documentary #chasingcoral on Netflix yesterday. I naively thought it might be a respite from how upset I’ve been these past couple days. That is, until different parts of the documentary when both of us were on the verge of balling because of the state of the coral today. It’s really critical that we stay awake and educate ourselves on the effects of climate change that are real and happening. .
This photo is taken from the #Philippines where (most) of the coral is alive and healthy and vibrant, and really it took my breath away when we visited the beautiful island of #Coron. I was so enthralled by the biodiversity, the amount of fish, the color—it was breathtaking. Completely indescribable. As someone who loves visiting the Hawaiian islands, I thought, ‘wow, I have never seen anything like this before.’ Being in Nature tends to have that effect on me. The wonder and intelligence that surrounds us, is truly unimaginable. We just have to have our eyes open. I used to be deathly afraid of deep and dark waters; I was the person who opted to stay on shore or on the boat. But that shifted a few years ago (when everything else did), and man, what a blessing. The ocean is such a gift. All of nature around us, the woods, the deserts, the sky, the animals . . . they have so much to teach us, and we have so much to learn.
Just in 2016, 29% of the coral in the Great Barrier Reef died. 29! I don’t even want to imagine what would happen if all of the coral in our oceans were to die in our lifetime. We don’t even know how interconnected and interdependent we are. Earth is just one huge system of systems, not unlike our bodies. It’s frightening, and I care. I love Nature, and I love her animals (us included), and in so many more ways than one, we’re going to have to find a better way of coexisting if we want to continue to revel in the grandeur of who we are through what surrounds us. #natureanimals