Conservation & Science

Climate change and art

From Nov. 30-Dec. 11, leaders from more than 190 nations will gather in Paris for the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change, or COP21. The conference aims to achieve a binding international agreement to slow the pace of climate change. If we as a global community take bold and meaningful action in Paris, we can change course and leave our heirs a better world. In advance of COP21, Monterey Bay Aquarium is working to raise public awareness about the serious ways our carbon emissions affect ocean health, including ocean acidification, warming sea waters and other impacts on marine life. Today, we celebrate the power of art to inspire solutions. 

Coral reefs cover less than 1 percent of the Earth’s surface but are among the planet’s most diverse habitats. They offer shelter to thousands of fish species, buffer shorelines from erosion, provide critical new medicines and boost coastal economies.

But these incredible ecosystems, teeming with marine life, are damaged by the impacts of our carbon emissions—especially warming and ocean acidification.

In this video produced for Monterey Bay Aquarium, socio-ecological artist Colleen Flanigan explains how ZOE, her “living sea sculpture” off the coast of Cancún, Mexico, can help. And she has some ideas about how you can help, too.

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