Thursday, 26th September, 2019, 21:00
Venue: Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Auditorium, Lisbon
Discussion: Pedro Frade and Miguel Costa Leal
Do you remember little Nemo from the Pixar Studios? Nemo has lived all of his life at the beautiful Great Barrier Reef in Australia, which is home to more than 2600 species of corals, fish and other animals and its spread over an area that is three and a half times the size of Portugal. The Great Barrier Reef depicts a great example of an ecosystem breaking down with human influences resulting in a 50% decline in coral reefs in the last decades.
A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to capture the biggest story of our changing climate and its impact on coral reefs on film. Sundance award-winning film, Chasing Coral documents the tragic and elusive process of coral bleaching, a phenomenon happening at an unprecedented rate around the world from warming ocean temperatures. The film took 3.5 years to make, features 500 hours of underwater footage, and submissions from over 30 countries.
We are excited to host a special screening of Chasing Coral – the first event of a new Ar series ProjectAr on Thursday 26th of September, 9:00pm, at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown Auditorium. Together with the help of the marine biologists and coral reef experts Pedro Frade and Miguel Costa Leal we will continue with an open discussion and dive into the ecosystem of coral reefs and how it has become one of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth.
In the week where climate is in the spotlight with the Climate Week and the United Nations Climate Summit taking place, join us for this special event to raise awareness of climate change’s devastating effect on coral reefs and witness a journey of how Nemo’s home is falling apart.
The time is now, let’s watch, talk and act!
More about ProjectAr | Watch – Talk – Act
ProjectAr is a brand new spin-off of the outreach initiative Ar | Respire connosco.
For the past eight years a group of scientists and science communicators at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown have been exploring science from different angles with the public at large and this time the Ar team is crossing science with cinema! This new Ar series, ProjectAr | Watch – Talk – Act will link the screening of a film with an open conversation that will hopefully lead to action.
Tickets are now available!