AXA XL Coral Live is an annual live lesson event connecting students to experts at the CARMABI biodiversity and marine research station, Curaçao, Caribbean. Running for the last five years, it has established itself as one of the world's largest coral education live events.
It offers thousands of young people a portal to explore environmental issues, that they may have heard in news headlines, through direct discussion with research scientists working on the Caribbean coral reefs.
Covering less than one percent of the marine environment, coral reefs are home to a quarter of marine species and are important nursery habitats to edible fish. It is estimated, one billion people depend on the reefs for food. This vital ecosystem and resource is under serious threat from global warming, coastal development, pollution and over-fishing.
There will be 25 live lessons broadcast over the event. Each day begins with a live investigation, followed by an interview with an expert and an ask-me-anything. The live investigation and expert interview will be repeated in the afternoon to ensure schools in the mid-Atlantic and the Americas can participate.
AXA XL Coral Live is underpinned by teaching resources to aid class preparation and reflection. The whole program is designed to build student literacy, develop critical skills, inspire STEM careers and engage environmental stewardship.