Consuming Coral Reefs
Dear Friends & Afishionados,
Anyone lucky enough to look down through clear water over a coral reef and see swarms of colorful fish correctly infers that to survive reef fish need corals. They're a home, a place to hide, hunt and forage. What’s less obvious is that this relationship also works in the opposite direction. To survive, coral reefs need fish too.
Consuming Coral Reefs is a new book that will help young people explore this emerging understanding. Translating the work of leading marine scientists into kid language, Consuming Coral Reefs will help our planet's future leaders see how human appetites are affecting reefs. This is essential learning as coral reefs provide food and livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people.
The book is connected to a larger conservation effort and is part of the work Lisa and I do with educators and teens all over the world through our non-profit Fintegrity. It's a labor of love largely funded by private donors and by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation which supports scientists and other educators trying to end overfishing by helping people understand the crucial role the oceans play providing food security and jobs for more than a billion people on our planet.
Fintegrity’s purpose is to empower teachers to help young people understand the value of marine ecosystems and inspire them to take action that contributes to their restoration. To make this possible Lisa and I write books for young adults and lesson plans for educators. We also visit schools and conduct teacher training workshops all over the world.
To date we've written two books, Why I Care About Sharks and the soon to be published Consuming Coral Reefs. Why I Care About Sharks and its complementary lesson plans are available digitally and in print, and with your help Consuming Coral Reefs will soon be too. Fintegrity resources and training arouse the moral imagination of teachers and students, helping them envision a relationship with the sea guided by responsibility, sustainability and stewardship.
Since its founding Fintegrity materials and training have helped thousands of teachers throughout the world, many in nations where books are not readily available, bring meaningful teaching about the ocean into their schools and classrooms. Our goal is to not only leave a better planet for our kids, but to leave better kids for our planet. A combination of the words "fins" and "integrity," our non-profit's name also embodies this ideal.
Thanks for your help,
More About Fintegrity's Books
Why I Care About Sharks is a natural history/fiction adventure story about the quest of a couple of kids trying to understand why sharks and other big fish are disappearing from our oceans. Full of dynamic pictures, comics and scientific illustrations Why I Care About Sharks shows how people and sharks are connected and why sharks matter. You can download a low resolution copy of the book here.
Consuming Coral Reefs helps young people think critically about the changes human appetites have caused coral reefs since the time of Christopher Columbus. The fictional memoir that drives the book follows the experiences of two teens and their scientist mother working to understand and save groupers and other large reef fish threatened with extinction from overfishing. The story takes place in both the Caribbean and in Southeast Asia.
Both books inspire readers, helping them to see how our voices and our choices matter and will make a difference not just for sharks and coral reefs, but for the future of all life in our oceans.
Risks and challenges
There are no obstacles that can get in the way of finishing Consuming Coral Reefs if we can raise the needed money to finish layout, graphic design and print production work. The book is written. It's been edited by experts, and all images have been bought and paid for.
After the book is done, however, there are many challenges ahead. Fundraising: to pay for travel to conferences, to print and ship books, and to continually update Fintegrity's website, products and services all require a great deal of time and effort. But they're things we've successfully done before, things that come with the territory when you run a small non-profit.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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