Kachina Gosselin wrote -
The oceans cover over 70% of the earth's surface and there is so much yet that we have to discover about them. Occupying less than one quarter of 1% of the marine environment, coral reefs are a critical biodiversity hotspot - home to more than 25% of all known marine fish species. And they are dying.
We have already lost 27% of the world's coral reefs.
If present rates of destruction continue, 60-90% of the world's coral reefs will be destroyed over the next 30 years. But we can stop this.
I'm starting an organization Maker Corps that takes volunteers out to remote areas to build technology and launch projects that support conservation initiatives around the world. We're starting close to home with a voyage to Maui to 3D scan the corals on Molokini crater island and build OpenROV drones that can be used for STEM educational initiatives and research projects dedicated to understanding how corals reproduce and settle and how they are affected by the shifting environmental conditions.
This trip marks the first voyage of many to come. We are partnered with The Hydrous and OpenROV, and will soon be traveling all around the world starting projects with the support of local communities. I am building a team designing an augmented reality interface for the OpenROV that will allow people from all around the world with access to a computer - but otherwise unable to afford traveling and scuba diving - to view these reefs in an immersive VR environment from the comfort of their homes. We're working with researchers to design sensors integrations and a research portal so that the data collected while the ROVs are in operation go directly to serving the region they observe.
“The greatest threat to our oceans isn’t pollution, overfishing or climate change, it is the fact that our oceans are out of sight and out of mind.”
We can change this. Please support my journey to Maui/Molokini! Consider joining us and I will personally help you set up and promote your own campaign.
Together we can save the oceans.
Maker Corps is dedicated to improving the impact of tourism through community-based education and environmental projects. We work with local communities, academic and nonprofit local partners, and leverage an international maker community to identify and designprojects to solve critical problems with technical innovation. We teach our attendees maker skills and put our collective talents towards a good cause. We support education and funding of continuing programs with local schools - creating sustainable projects with community ownership and engagement.