Set on the beautiful beaches of Hawaii, “Reefs at Risk” explores the harmful effects some sunscreen chemicals have on coral reefs and marine life. In order to protect this fragile ecosystem, Hawaii strives to ban a commonly used UV chemical, called oxybenzone, and hopes that other states and nations will follow. 


  1. Protect coral reefs and marine life by changing your sunscreen this summer! Stop using products with oxybenzone, wear a hat, cover up with sun clothes and use sunblocks with non-nano zinc or titanium dioxide. You can find safe alternatives at your local health food store, Target and some ABC stores. Click HERE for a list of eco-friendly sunscreens courtesy of Ban Toxic Sunscreens.

  2. Help educate others about this issue by sharing “Reefs At Risk” with your family, friends, colleagues, clubs and organizations. Tag us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter and use the hashtag #ReefsAtRisk. 

  3. Make a tax-deductible donation to support our outreach and help this film be seen at more festivals, grassroots screenings and events this summer. Your support will also help us run ads to get this important information in the hands of everyone - for free!

HELP US SHINE A LIGHT ON MORE TOXIC CHEMICALS! "Reefs At Risk"  was made possible with support from The Redford Center Grants and the New York Community Trust. Filmmakers Lynn Pelletier and Malina Fagan are a mother-daughter team from the Big Island of Hawaii. They were one of 6 teams chosen from 282 Redford Center grant applications for their feature film "THE COVERUP," which explores the personal and environmental effects of the toxic chemicals found in everyday cosmetics and body care products (like shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, makeup, etc.)

They were flown to Sundance, Utah to receive mentorship and develop "Reefs at Risk" as a short proof of concept film to help raise funds for their feature film, which is currently in production. They are currently seeking donations, sponsors and producers to complete this important film. Click below to see a development trailer and check out the fundraising page for "Reefs At Risk" and "The Coverup Film" at

Thank you for your support! 


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