Delta initiates the 50th-anniversary celebration with the commitment to "sustainable conservation, nurturing life" for the next 50 years. Echoing the pledge, Delta Electronics Foundation launched a series of "Nurturing Life in Ocean" initiatives on the eve of Earth Day, and announced the partnership with professional marine conservation teams to restore coral reefs along northeast Coast. The scheme is expected to help over 28 species and more than 1,000 coral fragments propagate in the next three years. To achieve the goal, Delta will train up about 300 corporate volunteers to help build the nursery favorable to corals growth. The scheme also aims to bring people closer to the ocean and spark the awareness on climate change and warming ocean. Partners of the scheme include Professor Chang-Feng Dai, Institute of Oceanography of National Taiwan University, Su-Fen Chen, director of the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology, and Ying-Ling Chen, Secretary-General of Sea Angel Environmental Conservation Association, who jointly advocate the action.
Wim Chang, the CEO of Delta Electronics Foundation, said that "Sustainable Conservation, Nurturing Life" is a concept derived from Delta’s corporate mission. It is the basis of each 50th-anniversary initiative. "Sustainable Conservation" refers to cherishing energy usage, and "Nurturing Life" indicates treating everything environment graciously. The coral restoration and the partnership with professional marine conservation teams are one of the "Nurturing Life" initiatives. On the other land, Delta invited the landscape artist, Kuei-Chih Lee, to create a meaningful art installation "Pregnancy". Its egg-shaped appearance symbolizes the guard of corals birth, as well as its iron frames and detachable trays are also conducive to corals growth. We expect these measures would facilitate corals’ propagation, and in the future these healthy corals could be replanted offshore.
Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2019 had indicated that if the warming trend continues, the global average temperature would soon reach 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels; at that time, 90% of coral reefs would disappear by 2030. 2020 marked a year with the highest sea temperature around Taiwan ever. Coral reefs from southern to northern Taiwan suffered the largest scale of bleaching in decades. In the worst loss, 55% of the corals died as a result, and coral bleaching along northeast coast was first time detected.
For a long time, Delta has paid attention on climate change and been committed to provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow. In addition to green building promotion and energy education, as early as 2014, the foundation began to explore water and ocean issues through hosting the "Water for Run, Run for Water" exhibition. In 2019, the Foundation further produced the world's first 8K environmental documentary "Water with Life", and this year additionally accomplish the other 8K ocean documentary, "Swim with the Humpback Whale", which was filmed in the Kingdom of Tonga and Okinawa. Not long ago, the Foundation also hosted two charity premieres of "Whale Island". Through different ways, we hope that people can understand the relationship between climate change, water environment and human activities. We also hope the coral restoration initiative could draw more people's attention on marine conservation.
Wim Chang, CEO of Delta Foundation, introduced this northeast coast Coral Restoration Program to the media
The scheme is expect to help over 28 species and more than 1,000 coral fragments propagate in the next three years
The art installation "Pregnancy" symbolizes the guard of corals birth, as well as its iron frames and detachable trays are also conducive to corals growth