Swim To The Reef, from The Splendor Series
I’m careful to buy “coral-friendly” sunscreen because I live near the ocean, am concerned about conservation and the environment, and have learned about the damage chemicals are wreaking on coral, thanks to, among other sources, Conservation International and The Leonardo De Caprio Foundation.
Let me share some facts:
Because they’re so diverse, coral reefs are often called the rainforests of the sea. They provide us with food, shoreline protection, jobs based on tourism and medicines. As many as 25% of all ocean species depend on reefs for food and shelter, yet they cover less than two percent of the ocean bottom.
Overfishing and destructive fishing, pollution, global warming, changing ocean chemistry and invasive species are taking a huge toll; and reefs are rapidly disappearing. So I painted one to highlight the problem.