Professor Premieres Documentary on Coral Reef Impacts

“Blood and Coral” examines carbon-driven fate of coral reefs, and heroic restoration efforts

What: “Blood and Coral” feature documentary premiere

Who: Professor Monty Hempel, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA

Where: Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza (Lower Manhattan)

When: Thursday, June 12, 2014
7:00 p.m.

“Blood and Coral,” a documentary written, directed, and produced by Monty Hempel, president of Blue Planet United and Hedco Professor of Environmental Studies at University of Redlands, will premiere on June 12, 2014 at Pace University in New York City. The event is hosted by the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS), and starts at 7:00 p.m.

The film will be followed by a discussion led by the film’s director, Monty Hempel, joined by Ambassador Stuart Beck, former Permanent Representative to the United Nations for Palau, and currently the U.N.’s first Ambassador to the Oceans and Seas; and W.J. Burns, President of the Association for Environmental Studies & Sciences, and Associate Director of the Master of Science, Energy Policy & Climate Program at Johns Hopkins University.

Film Synopsis:This feature documentary examines the impacts of climate change, ocean acidification, and overfishing on coral reef ecosystems. Hempel describes the film as an “environmental elegy with an upbeat travel film look.” The film examines the carbon-driven fate of coral reefs, using the islands of Palau as a case study. The film dramatically compares the fate of coral to one of World War II's most savage conflicts, the battle of Peleliu Island, revealing the global battle taking place today on the reefs offshore, where bombs have been replaced by greenhouse gases and fishing fleets perform the role of naval artillery. Blood and Coral tells the story of an island paradise that was destroyed and then restored in one of nature's incredible acts of redemption. The film finds long-term hope in the regenerative power of people acting in concert with natural systems to protect and restore wild coral.

Running time: 71 minutes.

More details and a film trailer are available at:

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