[Coral-List] Can sex sell coral reefs?

Paula Morgan thompaula_2000 at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 10 17:31:58 EST 2006

As a scriptwriter and filmmaker, and as a former teacher-leader of a mid school and high school program called The Planet Ocean Ranger Project and The Reef Ranger Project, I want to declare that the current discussion on the coral list seems inane.
  Poltical education in life is a key, and I tell my students that knowing how political systems work is a key to coral reef protection. It has to start at a community level and expand outwards, to involving congresspeople, senators, and governors--not sexy scientists.
  Nothing is more important than coral reef scientists who are willing to talk to classrooms in their own community. Sylvia Earle is a reef hero already.
  Ted Danson, Woody Harrelson and Pierce Brosnan are outstanding spokespeople for the aquatic realm. These people helped award The Reef Ranger Project's students a handsome prize though Seaworld's Environmental Excellence Awards.
  Hiring show people just because they appear sexy is a mistake. Thinking of hiring a marketing agency to sell the public on coral reel ecology would be expensive and less impactful than allotting money to teacher's professional development, and a push toward marine education into the K-12 curriculum.
  Ms. Paula Morgan



The River Rangers in New Mexico ><>  <><The Reef Rangers in the Virgin Islands


Relax. Yahoo! Mail virus scanning helps detect nasty viruses!

More information about the Coral-List mailing list