The Nature Conservancy’s rallying call in the 2018 International Year of the Reef:
“Keep Calm and Coral On”
Stories of the Second World War Blitz in London describe the atmosphere of fear and destruction. Night after night, bombs fell, pulverising homes and threatening hope itself. No one knew how it would end; they didn’t even know what each night would bring. The call to “Keep Calm and Carry On” was fundamental—it aimed to bring out resourcefulness, courage and resolution in the face of adversity. Despair was debilitating and pointless, and between the bombs it was all too clear: life carried on and hope was never far away.
There’s a reason that mantra continues today; it carries a lesson that applies across all aspects of life—mindset matters. That is certainly the case in the fight to save coral reefs. We can panic and despair—or, we can swallow hard, keep our heads and adopt a solution-minded resolve. We can get to work, calmly and quickly, to turn the situation around.