A coral reef is an underwater ecosystem characterised by reef-building corals.
Reefs are formed of colonies of coral polyps held together by calcium carbonate. Most coral reefs are built from stony corals, whose polyps cluster in groups.
Known as “rainforests of the sea,” coral reefs cover less than 1% of the ocean but are home to almost 25% of all known marine species! Coral reefs are naturally colorful because of algae, which lives inside of the coral, providing them with food.
About the artwork
“Sunrise” was sprayed painted on discarded packaging box to emphasise that unlike what we throw away everyday in our bins, coral reefs cannot be re-used or regenerate themselves once they have bleached.
Global warming is the main threat for the reef and the bright sun from the artwork captures that idea that the hotter the sea gets, the bleaker the reef will become like the rather grey and sad looking of what appears to be or could be the sea or ocean.
The vibrant tones in the artwork aim at reminding all of us how reefs are meant to look like – a celebration of bursting colours.
Coral reefs are large underwater structures composed of the skeletons of colonial marine invertebrates called coral. The coral species that build reefs are known as hermatypic, or "hard," corals because they extract calcium carbonate from seawater to create a hard, durable exoskeleton that protects their soft, sac-like bodies
The coal industry is accelerating global warming by mining and burning coal, and is putting the future of the Reef at risk. Yet, the Australian government continues to promote the expansion of the coal industry
Corals cannot survive if the water temperature is too high. Climate change has already led to sharply increased rates of coral bleaching – killing vast areas of reef. Scientists estimate that at current rates of ocean warming and reef decline, most of the world’s coral reefs could be lost in the next few decades.
Corals are found all over the world's oceans, from the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska to the warm tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea. The biggest coral reefs are found in the clear, shallow waters of the tropics and subtropics. The largest of these coral reef systems, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, is more than 1,500 miles long (2,400 kilometers)
Many fishing practices are destructive to delicate habitats - particularly vital fish breeding grounds like coral reefs and seagrass meadows. These include cyanide fishing, blast or dynamite fishing, bottom trawling, and muro-ami (banging on the reef with sticks). Bottom-trawling is one of the greatest threats to cold-water coral reefs.
An estimated 10 per cent of cotton buds are flushed down toilets and can end up in waterways and oceans.
Urban and industrial waste, plastics, sewage, agrochemicals, and oil pollution are poisoning reefs. These toxins are dumped directly into the ocean or carried by river systems from sources upstream. Some pollutants, such as sewage and runoff from farming, increase the level of nitrogen in seawater, causing an overgrowth of algae.
I CARE. I DRAW. I SUPPORT.
HERE IS HOW YOU CAN
£50 is what Pierrick’s awesome featured print will cost you but above all what will be given to his chosen charity – The Reef Restoration Foundation.
Here is what Pierrick has to say about it all –
“Coral reefs only occupy 0.1% of the area of the ocean but they support 25% of all marine species on the planet.
In fact, the variety of life associated with coral reefs rivals that of the tropical forests of the Amazon or New Guinea.
You will then understand how vital this ecosystem is and why I have decided to campaign for it and support the Reef Restoration Foundation.”
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