CCL Chasing Coral Event

As Hurricane Florence begins battering the East Coast in what will certainly prove to be a historical weather event, it seemed somewhat fitting if not ironic that I spent Wednesday evening attending my first Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) outreach event.

Our local chapter partnered with York College (where I graduated from in 2009) to co-sponsor a showing of the documentary Chasing Coral.  I had watched the film in the past on Netflix as well as Chasing Ice.  The visuals of the movie are stunning with an array of colors and up close views of coral reefs most of us can only dream about seeing in person.  The technology tweaks needed for the underwater cameras show how innovate people can be when challenges arise.  The struggles of the filming and diving team members both logistically and personally pull at your emotions.  The transformation of beautiful, living coral to bleached white graveyards is sobering.

The documentary drives home the point that climate change is affecting all areas of the Earth, even those that don’t regularly cross our minds like under the sea.  It stresses the urgency of finding solutions to combat climate change without “the world is ending” paranoia.  It is not a documentary that one could watch and then simply go about his or her day without thinking about what was just viewed.

I joined Citizens Climate Lobby about a year and a half ago after viewing a film at York College and realizing I had to do more than just educate myself about climate change.  I had to try to be part of a solution.  In a similar situation I was approached by a young college student after the documentary thanking us for hosting the event.  She couldn’t believe what was happening the oceans and how much she didn’t know about it.  She said she was going to tell her whole class the next day that they need to watch the film.  The effect Chasing Coral had on her was so profound and in her I saw myself – someone who received a “wake up call” and was changed.  I provided her with information about CCL from our event table and encouraged her to call in on a Wednesday evening for the organization’s introduction call.

There were roughly 50 people in attendance for the event including members of our CCL chapter.  A few asked questions following the documentary, but I know many students were there likely as part of a class requirement.  If just that one girl now feels compelled to help tackle climate change though then I will say that our evening was a success.

Have you seen Chasing Coral?  Is climate change an issue of concern for you?

About Tracy

Runner. Writer. Reader. Environmental and Indigenous Peoples advocate. Work from home Workforce Specialist. NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Assistant Varsity Track Coach. Fascinated by the ocean, waterfalls and Christmas lights.
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8 Responses to CCL Chasing Coral Event

  1. runeatralph says:

    I’m not 100% sold on how much of the changes we are seeing are directly tied to our CO2 emissions, but I’m not a “denier” by any means. I do think that no matter what, humanity should be doing everything it can to reduce its impact on the environment. Thoughtful steps and improvements should be taken, with consideration for how they will impact other aspects (businesses, industries, lower income citizens) outside of the environment.

    • TracyNicole says:

      Just curious what, if any, additional factors you think might be playing a role other than CO2 emissions? I recently read through most of the book, Drawdown, which was written with input from a variety of people and offers 100 different solutions for tackling climate change. You can find a list online as well and it really covers a lot of topics.

      • runeatralph says:

        I think that climate change occurs naturally, for the most part. Of course, I still want us all to behave as if it matters. It does matter.

      • TracyNicole says:

        I would agree to an extent that the planet certainly goes through cycles of things, but I’ve done a lot of reading, watching documentaries, and taking Cousera classes that have evidence indicating that our CO2 emissions are directly affecting things and causing the planet to warm at a rate faster than it ever would on its own. It’s not saying the planet couldn’t/wouldn’t warm over time, just that we’re speeding up the process to what would be very dangerous levels likely by the end of the century.

        Are you feeling any of the effects from Hurricane Florence in VA yet? Has your area experienced flooding this summer that could be exacerbated by more rain?

      • runeatralph says:

        The forecast has changed quite a bit for us. We are up in the hills a bit and are now expecting a good amount of rain but major flooding is less likely. We had a huge storm last month that flooded our creek as high as it’s been since I’ve lived here (10 years).

      • TracyNicole says:

        I’m glad to hear you’re out of the major flooding areas; I’m guessing because the storm turned more towards South Carolina. My parents live on a hill but sometimes get water in their basement from the ground being saturated and they’ve had more water in it this year than I think they ever have from all the rain. About two weeks ago I watched video of flooding in a nearby town that I have never seen flood to that extent in the past because the one creek got so high.

  2. I watched Chasing Coral and thought it was very well-done. I work for an environmental agency, where we do research on the effects of the environment on humans so I’m very much interested in the environment. That’s great that you’ve become involved with CCL and are spreading the word!

    • TracyNicole says:

      That’s neat to hear you work for an environmental agency! I feel like there are so many fields of study that I now know about as an adult that I wish I had known more about when I was going to college as I likely would’ve chosen a different major. I don’t consider the work I do to be very impactful (though if I don’t submit our department’s time cards to payroll for processing I’m sure I’d make some enemies) so coaching and volunteering are ways for me to try to feel like I’m contributing to the world.

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