[Coral-List] Reassessing Coral Reefs
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Mon Mar 30 08:20:40 EDT 2015
Dear Judy, Julian and Listers,
I believe all of us realize that even if we could put together a coalition
comprised of coral scientists and diving industry leaders dedicated to
saving coral reefs at all costs, we would still be facing an uphill
battle against those who view these issues through an antithetical prism.
Still there is a recognition of some level of moral responsibility
which speaks to many coral scientists and divers as a result of our
connatural and inherent connection to the underwater world. So although I
have become somewhat cynical in formulating my opinion as to how all this
will ultimately play out, in the end I agree that we need to keep trying.
As Judy said, every bit helps and there is plenty of work to be done. Coral
scientists should be shearching for creative ways to get their findings out
beyond the shielded confines of scientific journals and into the wider
public domain. Diving industry leaders (http://www.dema.org/?page=About)
should be reexamining their own mission statement while working to realign
themselves with an ethical and transparent commitment to promote sustainable
growth in safe recreational diving and snorkeling while protecting the
underwater environment. There is ample evidence that the industry's stated
goal of conserving and protecting natural aquatic resources is being
dishonored by their refusal to acknowledge the impacts of climate change.
Julian and I are separated by a vast geographical divide, yet our
experiences and frustrations are indistinguishable.There is much that needs
to be done. Not the least of which is to make it perfectly clear as to what
the future holds for the world's coral reefs if we continue to do business
as usual ignoring the unmitigated effects of anthropogenic stressors, both
local and global.
From: Judith Lang
Sent: Mar 27, 2015 1:20 PM
To: Steve Mussman , "coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov list"
Subject: [Coral-List] Reassessing Coral Reefs
Hi again Steve,
Acting alone, coral scientists can't resolve the issue of our excessive
human consumption of fossil fuels. If you and your allies can convince the
dive industry to take climate change seriously, that would be splendid
because every bit helps; so I echo Peter Sale's comment that, "People might
even listen to dive industry spokespeople who argue for action to save coral
reefs. Go for it."
For those interested in mitigation,
We can also add our voices to groups that are trying to reach a wider
audience. For that reason, I'll share my experiences with one of them, and
perhaps others can do the same with additional examples.
Noting that, "Politicians don't create political will, they respond to it,"
the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) is a grassroots advocacy organization. CCL
is focused on generating the political will to pass legislation for
revenue-neutral carbon taxes (which is also called a "carbon fee and
dividend"). Members lobby politicians, plus their staffers, and engage with
the public via letters or op-eds in newspapers and in person at community
events. It is growing rapidly, both in North America and
internationally, from 42 chapters in 2011 to 257 today. Countries with CCL
chapters currently include some with reefs, some with overseas territories
containing reefs, and some with foreign aid projects in tropical countries
that have reefs
In the US, this approach for starting the process of reducing carbon
emissions has been endorsed by some prominent scientists, corporations and
Republicans. It's also mentioned with increasing frequency in the US
national media, but doesn't yet have a sufficiently large ground swell of
public support that the US Congress feels any need to respondâso there's
still plenty of work to be done.
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