From Green Right Now Reports
Disneynature’s OCEANS hopes to open with a splash on Earth Day next week, and not just to keep profits strong. The movie aims to raise money for coral reefs in the Bahamas and spread awareness of the imperiled, wider marine world — much like Disneynature’s Earth drew attention to terrestrial issues last year.
For everyone who sees the film during its debut week (April 22-28), Disneynature will make a contribution to the Nature Conservancy to help restore and preserve coral reefs around the Bahamas.
Already, the 400,000-plus advance tickets sold to OCEANS, will translate into enough philanthropic support to create more than 790 acres of protected marine area in the Bahamas, Disneynature reported.
“Coral reefs are essential to the global ecosystem; we’re already on our way to establishing more than 790 acres of new marine protected areas — that’s the equivalent of about 600 football fields or nearly the size of New York City’s Central Park…” said Chuck Viane, president, distribution, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
The project is important because coral reefs are like the community centers of the oceans, supporting a vast diversity of ocean life, and ultimately, all life on Earth.
“No matter where you live, everyone depends on our oceans for many of our most basic needs like food and medicine,” said Eleanor Phillips, Northern Caribbean program director for The Nature Conservancy. “After witnessing decades of exploitation and neglect of our coral reefs, it honestly makes my heart sing to see so many people working together to advance this important cause.”
The Bahamas’ coral reefs provide shelter, nurseries and feeding areas for dolphins, sea turtles and many fish.
Scientists say that the coral reefs of the Caribbean could be gone within just 50 years without a network of well-managed marine protected areas, according to Disneynature.
OCEANS promises “spectacular never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies.” It is narrated by Pierce Brosnan and directed by Jacque Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud.
To learn more about the need for marine preserves in the Bahamas, visit the Disneynature website about the movie and the project.