REEFS AT RISK – What’s in your sunscreen?
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 choosing reef safe sunscreens! Click HERE for our eco-friendly sunscreen guide. Wear hats and cover up with sun protective clothing when possible.
- Contact your representatives and encourage them to ban sunscreens with oxybenzone and octinoxate as there are reef safe alternatives.
- Help educate others about this issue by sharing Reefs At Risk with your family, friends, clubs and organizations. Tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @thecoverupfilm 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 help us get this important information in the hands of everyone – for free!
MAHALO TO OUR REEF SAFE PARTNERS
CREATING AN IMPACT: Reefs At Risk has been screened internationally, won awards at several film festivals, been seen by over 120K people online, is currently on all flights on Hawaiian Airlines, and helped get legislation passed in Hawaii to ban sunscreens with oxybenzone and octinoxate. 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 have done numerous talks and sunscreen swaps at community screenings over the past year, 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, cruise ships, and in hotels throughout the state. If you are interested in helping us translate Reefs At Risk into another language, get in touch with us! Follow our social media pages to hear about future screenings and sunscreen swaps near you.
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 chemicals “oxybenzone” and “octinoxate” harm the reproductive ability of coral and prevent reefs from recovering after a bleaching event has occurred, which threatens many species and the millions of people who depend on reefs for their food and income. We can’t wait for legislation to kick in, we need consumers to become informed and to vote with their dollar!
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 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 help influence legislation in Hawaii.
Click below to see a development trailer of our feature film which is currently in production.
Thank you for your support!