November 26, 2018
For Immediate Release
Jarrod Curry, The Ocean Foundation
Animal Collective release exclusive song through The Ocean Foundation to raise awareness of ocean acidification
Today, Washington, DC based nonprofit The Ocean Foundation (TOF) launches its Waves of Change campaign to raise awareness of the issue of ocean acidification. The NGO has partnered with Animal Collective and sitar player Ami Dang to release “Suspend the Time” (Written by Deakin & Geologist) which will be available to stream and download through the website: ocean-acidification.org.
Over the past 200 years, carbon dioxide emissions have made the ocean 30% more acidic and by the end of this century, it is projected that 75% of seawater will be corrosive to most corals and shellfish. Despite the considerable threat that ocean acidification poses, there are still significant gaps in our understanding of the science and impact behind ocean acidification. TOF works in countries around the world to train and outfit scientists with the tools they need to monitor and address ocean acidification locally.
The issue is important to Animal Collective who released the coral reef themed audiovisual album, Tangerine Reef, in August in collaboration with Coral Morphologic, to commemorate the 2018 International Year of the Reef. “Suspend the Time” was written by Deakin & Geologist, with lyrics and vocals by Deakin. Both are avid scuba divers and Geologist has a master’s degree in environmental policy from Columbia University with a focus on the marine environment and assisted on some of the first CO2 acidification studies on coral growth.
About The Ocean Foundation
The Ocean Foundation is a unique community foundation with a mission to support, strengthen, and promote organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world.
Waves of Change Website: ocean-acidification.org
Suspend the Time
In these times before the waves of healing
Our conscious lies meet futures in decline
Our shoals defined by lack of growing
We face behind with nothing on the line
That choice reflecting us
Unknown but fading up
As water warms defiling purpose
Suspend the time like nothing’s on the line
Our cities cry and lay bleaching
The tears align, an etching of the cost
And I don’t like the change of us
Are we afraid to love?
Deakin & Geologist scuba diving, photo by Drew Weiner