6 May 2022

#AntarcticLog: A Reef Called HOPE

Posted by Shane Hanlon

#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here.

You know, writing about climate change is a struggle.  I want to share the information kids and other people need (in my view) while trying not to send their outlook through the floor. 

Among the most dire stories come from coral reefs — so vital, so damaged, and so at risk.  And yet there’s incredible discovery coming out of the field of coral restoration. 

I began doing comics about coral during a Waypoint Fellowship in Key Largo, including a visit to the Mote Marine Laboratory outpost on Summerland Key, where Dr. Dave Vaughan discovered a way to develop coral with accelerated speed.  

This post includes a brand new comic — #211 — about another technique with potential.  Can we scale up these methods quickly enough to counter the devastation caused by climate change and ocean acidification? 

Karen Romano Young is a writer, artist, deep-sea diver, and polar explorer. Follow her on Twitter & Instagram