THE COVERUP FILM PRESENTS: REEFS AT RISK
Set on the beautiful beaches of Hawaii, “Reefs at Risk” explores the harmful effects some sunscreen chemicals have on coral reefs and marine life. In order to protect this fragile ecosystem, Hawaii lawmakers ban the commonly used UV chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate and hope that other states and nations will follow.
“The cinematography! The sound! The editing! Absolutely wonderful! It will shake the world!”
– Dr. Craig Downs, Executive Director Haereticus Environmental Lab
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:
- Protect coral reefs and marine life by changing your sunscreen! Stop using products with oxybenzone, wear a hat, cover up with sun clothes and use sunblocks with non-nano zinc or titanium dioxide. You can find safe alternatives at your local health food store and some big box stores. Click HERE for an eco-friendly sun guide.
- Contact your representatives and tell them why this issue matters to you. Encourage them to ban these chemicals as there are safe alternatives. Help educate others about this issue by sharing “Reefs At Risk” with your family, friends, colleagues, clubs and organizations. Tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and use the hashtag #ReefsAtRisk.
- Make a tax-deductible donation to support our outreach and help this film be seen at more festivals, grassroots screenings and events. Your support will also help us run ads to get this important information in the hands of everyone – for free!
CREATING AN IMPACT: It’s going to be a hot summer for our coral and although we may not be able to dial down the ocean’s temperature, we can easily eliminate toxic chemicals in sunscreens that cause coral to bleach at a lower temperature by eight degrees Fahrenheit. The chemical “oxybenzone” also prevents coral reefs from recovering after a bleaching event has occurred, which threatens many species and the millions of people who depend on them for their food and income. We can’t wait for legislation, we need consumers to become informed and vote with their dollar.
Reefs At Risk has been screened internationally, won awards at several film festivals, been seen by over 120K people online, and is currently on all flights on Hawaiian Airlines. The film was featured in a Washington Post Express Ad, Mother Jones Magazine, was linked in an article in Vogue and has been featured in many local newspapers. The filmmakers also presented a webinar with NOAA and have gotten their film shown in classrooms in Belize. We are currently working to get this film seen by more people both locally and internationally, in schools, on more airlines, TV stations, and in hotels throughout the state. Follow our social media pages to hear of future screenings near you!
HELP US SHINE A LIGHT ON MORE TOXIC CHEMICALS! “Reefs At Risk” was made possible with support from The Redford Center and the New York Community Trust. Filmmakers Lynn Pelletier and Malina Fagan, a mother-daughter team from the Big Island of Hawaii, were one of 6 teams chosen from 282 Redford Center grant applications for their feature film “THE COVERUP,” which explores the personal and environmental effects of the toxic chemicals found in everyday cosmetics and personal care products (like shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.) They released “Reefs at Risk” to raise awareness of this timely issue and to influence legislation in Hawaii.
Click below to see a development trailer of our feature film which is in production.
Thank you for your support!