Disneynature’s next big-screen splash, “OCEANS,” has launched group ticket sales to boost its efforts to save coral reefs with proceeds generated from the film’s opening week. “See OCEANS, Save Oceans” is an initiative developed with The Nature Conservancy where a portion of each ticket sold for the film’s opening week April 22-28 will help establish new marine protected areas in The Bahamas.
From the abundance of life on the coral reefs to the solitary swimmers that lurk in the depths, this film demonstrates that oceans are home to some of the planet’s most amazing creatures,” said Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy. “While their bounty seems infinite, oceans and coasts are in great jeopardy from growing demands. Our hope is that this unique collaboration—and this important film—will educate an audience of millions about how to protect our oceans for generations to come.”
Youth and school groups can be among the first to reserve tickets to this special engagement and participate in helping to save our coral reefs. Groups of 20 or more can reserve tickets today by calling 1-888-DISNEY6. Also, in collaboration with National Geographic, Disneynature has developed educational materials that can be downloaded for free by visiting www.disney.com/Oceans.
Through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Disneynature and The Nature Conservancy will help establish new marine protected areas in The Bahamas. The 700 islands that comprise The Bahamas contain miles of vital coral reefs, which are the foundation of a healthy ocean environment, providing shelter, nurseries and feeding grounds for hundreds of marine species, including dolphins, sea turtles and a wide range of fish. Scientists estimate that the coral reefs of the Caribbean could be gone within 50 years without a network of well-managed marine protected areas.
Due to the generous support from Disneynature, The Nature Conservancy has recently launched its Adopt-a-Coral-Reef program in The Bahamas. The Nature Conservancy is working to protect the coral reefs in The Bahamas and other critical locations throughout the Caribbean and around the world. As a leading global conservation organization, The Nature Conservancy manages more than 100 marine conservation projects in 31 countries and in all U.S. coastal states. Nearly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered by water and “OCEANS” boldly chronicles the mysteries that lie beneath. Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud dive deep into the very waters that sustain all of mankind—exploring the playful splendor and the harsh reality of the weird and wonderful creatures that live within. Featuring spectacular never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies, “OCEANS” offers an unprecedented look beneath the sea.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.