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 that one billion people depend on the reefs for food. This vital ecosystem and resource are under serious threat from global warming, coastal development, pollution and over-fishing.
Between 11 and 15 November, Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop, educator and expedition leader will bring these topics to life for thousands of children around the world.
Working with scientists at the Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) research station, Encounter Edu will host 25 interactive AXA Coral Live education broadcasts for teachers seeking to create real world connections for their students.
Five daily topics will be offered: introduction to coral, coral ecosystems, corals and climate change, the deep reef and the coral adaptation. Hundreds of teachers are expected to animate their lessons with investigations, interviews with experts, and Ask-Me-Anything sessions to over 15,000 students.