On Saturday the 8th of September 2018, CORDIO hosted a successful screening of the documentary film ‘Chasing Coral’ at Nyali Cinemax. The turnout was great (over 290 people!) and it was inspiring to see many people from various backgrounds and ages attend.
Chasing Coral is a splendour of vivid underwater footage and an emotional journey on the state of the world’s coral reefs. It is a big wake up call for a viewer who has no idea about coral reefs or climate change, and the kind of biodiversity reefs host and support, and the major issues facing them.
The film follows a range of scientists and specialists, but in particular a coral nerd by the name of Zack Rago. His character adds a relatable human angle to the story, through his passion, emotion and vulnerability.
At the end of the documentary, CORDIO hosted a discussion involving a panel; Mohammed Hersi (Kenya Tourism Federation), John Wambua (Kenya Wildlife Service), Dr Jacqueline Uku (Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute) and our own Dr David Obura. It was great to see the majority of the audience stay for the discussion, which focused on how we can increase awareness and make a conscious effort to manage reefs as well as reduce waste and plastic in Mombasa. Young adults from universities and schools engaged in the discussion posing insightful and important questions.
I had invited a guest who has a background in law and she felt the film provided a powerful case for conservation of reefs, not through scientific explanations but rather through visual proof. For those who could not make it to the event, I would encourage you to watch the documentary, which is available on Netflix.
Overall, I was very proud of the Mombasa community for turning up in such large numbers and showing an interest in their local environment. We all have the ability to make a difference, and making a small change is easier than making no change!