KUNG-FU FOR CORAL HEALTH is a large translation and environmental chinese awareness campaign through design.
ENDORSED BY THE GLOBAL CORAL REEF ALLIANCE (www.globalcoral.org) and FISCALLY SPONSORED IN PART BY THE NEW YORK FOUNDATION OF THE ARTS.....want your donation tax deductible? Go to https://www.fracturedatlas.org/s/campaign/135.
We need not focus on the fear that China will destroy our environment, but focus on the hope of how they could in fact save it. It's like that shocking story we are told as kids that if everyone in China would jump at exactly the same time it might shake the earth off it's axis and kill us all. I like to think the opposite... if a billion Chinese jump for green energy, green living and a sustainable future filled with conservation and protection of the environment, then the changes would be HUGE! (amazing to imagine, right?)
What I and my crew want to do:
We will translate the large international database of coral reef publications into Chinese, thus using graphic design, animation and just plain writing as an instrument for change. Throughout the process we will reconstruct the information into public-friendly design and animation that simplifies what’s at stake and highlights how to rectify the problem. We will promote awareness – but - we will focus on the SOLUTIONS!
Information translated will be academic literature related to new, innovative processes of coastal management and coral reef restoration. There has been dramatic progress in recent years within this area, but new information has yet to be translated and made readily available to Chinese academia/media.
What China is doing with the seas affects all. Over fishing and fish farming in the outers have only compounded the warping of waters by widespread toxic sea dumping. Such disruptions of the natural equilibrium are affecting Chinese waters and beyond, down through Southeast Asia, and will continue to do so if awareness and action are not realized.
What Kung-Fu for Coral will do:
1. Translate with the top marine biology scientists and academics in Beijing.
2. Create animations and design oriented awareness campaigns focusing on our newly minted Chinese translations.
3. Visiting the three major cities on the coast of China that have the largest emissions of toxins into the sea and promoting our work.
4. Doing local art programs within local schools to make the children and parents aware of the affects of seawater pollution.
4. Working on making a public installation, one BIOROCK coral reef structure in Hainan and the Beijing Aquarium.
5. Phone app of a "Kung-Fu for Coral" video game.
What else? We will highlight how the economic potential of eco-tourism greatly exceeds that of fishing. In one year, such eco-tourism can generate around 25 times more income than all of the world’s fisheries! WOW! In some areas, one square kilometer of coral reef can generate nearly three million US dollars. In comparison, dynamite fishing in the same area would yield a one-time, unsustainable income of US $15,000. China is one of the worst places for the ongoing use of dynamite fishing!
All in all, we need to get the Chinese community incorporated into the international efforts and inform how they can help create positive change for the future of China and the world. Everything is connected in our ever shrinking world... but to start we first need to increase awareness among all (believe it or not, there are no current publications on fisheries sustainability that exist in China!!)
Show your support and help contribute to CHANGE!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Dec 1, 2010 - Jan 5, 2011 (35 days)
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Your $1 gift will make you a KUNG-FU FOR CORAL "Kung-Fu Fighting Translator"! Your donation will help our translators master the knowledge of secret hand writing movements. (Free E-Poster)
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Your $25 gift will make you a KUNG-FU FOR CORAL "Shaolin Kung-Fu Fighter"! Your donation will help kick the butts of the problems that affect coral. (Free Personalized E-Poster)
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Your $50 gift will make you a KUNG-FU FOR CORAL "Coral Kicking Monster"! Your donation will help scare local fisherman away from damaging reefs and give corals legs. (Free Personalized E-Poster and Iphone "Kung-Fu for Coral" video game app)
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Your $100 gift will make you a KUNG-FU FOR CORAL "Shaolin Tiger"! Your donation will help cultivate loyalty, friendship, honour, honesty and might of coastal communities. (Free Handmade Post-Card sent from China, Personalized E-Poster)
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Your $175 gift will make you a KUNG-FU FOR CORAL "Kung-Fu Tai Chi Monk"! Your donation will help calm coral stress with quick sharp movements of the hand. (All thats mentioned plus a TEDFellow Boniface Mwangi photograph of Africa and its environment....whose work recently gained him the CNN Africa Journalist of the Year Award)
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Your $250 gift will make you a KUNG-FU FOR CORAL "Shaolin Panther"! Your donation will help confuse, confound, bluff, and cajole the attackers against coral. (All the previous gifts plus an underwater BIOROCK living sculpture of your name in metal with picture updates every 6 months for 3 yrs)
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Your $550 gift will make you a KUNG-FU FOR CORAL "Shaolin Kung-Fu Master"! Your donation will help bring coral back from the dead thru solid punches, dragon front kicks and breaking roundhouse kicks. (All thats mentioned plus a personalized art piece that we work on together with)
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Your $1000 gift will make you a KUNG-FU FOR CORAL "Enlightened Buddha"! Your donation will inspire others to join the cause by using mind-boggling ESP techniques to convince skeptical minds. (A gift that is too cool to write about plus everything else that is previously mentioned)
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Your $3000 gift will make you a KUNG-FU FOR CORAL "Confucius Coral"! Confucius is the latinized name of Kongfuze ( K'ung Fu-tzu) which means "Kong the master.” So basically what I'm saying here is that your donation will make you as cool as the basis of the name "Kong-Fu". (A gift of all the documents translated, animations, personal BIOROCK sculpture, Iphone "Kung-Fu for Coral" video game plus a limited edition book of my recent work that was recently commissioned)