Friday, April 21, 2006

Earth Day is Tomorrow! It's Not Too Late To Help!

I painted this piece to show the beauty and grace of dolphins and their environment. I wanted it to look as if you were diving amongst these playful, inquisitive creatures. On the edges I painted a bright coral reef, as you could see diving in the Great Barrier Reef.
Now, imagine you are on a beautiful tropical island on the Great Barrier Reef. You put on your mask, fins and snorkel and jump into the water. But instead of the famous brightly colored coral, brittle white branches spread as far as the eye can see. The coral is dead.
As the world's oceans become warmer, this scenario is taking place more frequently, on the Great Barrier Reef and on coral reefs all over the
world. Coral reefs are sensitive to environmental change. Recently, the frequency and distribution of coral bleaching have increased, and in 2002 the Great Barrier Reef experienced its worst case of coral bleaching on record.
Corals bleach in response to prolonged temperature change and not due to rapidly fluctuating temperatures. Coral reefs frequently experience some bleaching and most often rebound from minor bleaching events. But in the case of mass bleaching events, it is much harder to rebound and takes much longer. Coral reefs are an important nursery and feeding ground for most of the world’s fishes. Please do what you can to help halt global warming before we reach the point of no return.
This piece has sold and a donation was made to the Marine Mammal Care Center. I am pleased to say that it will further benefit marine mammals. The client who purchased this painting has generously donated it to the Sea Shepard Society for its silent auction on June 4th. So you may still have the opportunity to purchase it to help animals! Also please check for our other listings benefitting the animals! ~ Robin Andreae

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