Native Protector

by Alexandra Underwood, Joey Rose

Wailuku, USA – February 2019


Finding This Mural

1975 E Vineyard St, Wailuku, HI 96793

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Story Behind This Mural

Artist Statement

Ocean acidification, an issue largely unknown, is a serious and growing threat to our oceans. CO2 pumped into the atmosphere from man-made Carbon emissions is being absorbed by the ocean, making the water more acidic. Everything made of calcium carbonate is impacted by highly acidic ocean water including shellfish, plankton, and coral. But there is some hope: although not a permanent solution, studies show that replanting certain species of native coral help reduce the effects of ocean acidification. In our mural, the native coral in the center of the composition stands tall in protection of the rest of the reef. We chose to highlight the immense power of this native coral. The large central coral is strong and solid, while the other sea life is becoming translucent as they come in contact with the large dark shapes, symbolizing the effects of acidification.

The Focus

Ocean acidification

Take Action

Consider reducing your carbon footprint by

  • Saving energy and opting for renewable energy when possible.
  • Choosing climate-friendly transportation such as walking, bicycling, switching to an electric or hybrid car.
  • Reducing your meat and dairy consumption and eating more plant-based foods.