From Despair to Repair 720p



July 2, Washington, DC – VideoTakes is proud to present a new video, From Despair to Repair, as a complement to a report, Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012, released this week by the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) in partnership with the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the United Nations Environmental Programme UNEP.

The video features two veteran marine scientists, Dr. Jeremy Jackson and Dr. Nancy Knowlton, who fell in love with each other and the reefs 40 years ago. Today those reefs are gone, due primarily to overfishing, pollution and overpopulation. Given that Caribbean coral reefs generate more than $3 billion annually from tourism and fisheries, and that they are a major oceanic ecosystem, this is a tragedy that must be reversed.

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