[Coral-List] Coral-List Digest, Vol 33, Issue 20

Hellen Faus personal at hellenfaus.com
Mon Mar 13 18:42:16 EST 2006

Hi All... I do not participate a lot, as I am a total novell and don't know
anything, but i read you with interest and this current issue actually
concerns me a lot.... 
How to reach the most to get them be aware of the importance of marine life
and coral in its extent??

I'm now working to run a web site in Spanish that gets all the information
about coral for the general public. - By the way, if any of you has any
suggestion, or agrees on the use of translations of your web information,
just tell me -

In this same sense I'm nowadays using this subjet in a course of didactic
applications of TIC, and I've realized in the PPS and word docs given to my
mates (all adults) that their first impression is just the same: "wuau... I
did not know how important was it!!"

For us is not easy, Spain is a country surrounded by sea, but not with coral
reefs, and it sounds as very far from here, a paradise of sand and palms
where most will never go... 
so the point has to be given on how to involve people on the basis that we
all have our relevance, that "everything" goes to the sea (whichever it is),
that anyone can do simple things to help without having to live on the coast
of a pretty coral reef and the most important, having a minimum of knowledge
of what's happening here.

Of course, a tv platform would be excellent, but I don't think it is so easy
to reach, and if so, my fear would be its mis-use and so the conversion of a
good cause into another "market business"

So, the education and formation is the main thing. 
Kids and schools, in first place... their enthusiasm -if we get it!- would
get home, by sure.

And anybody else... universities, work centers, cultural associations... a
big effort in talks, shows and so on...

Again, I think for Spain it will be more difficult... Our corals are not "so
pretty", (they are, of course, but they are not such a colourful and not
seen at simple sight) much deeper and when they suffer, as some years ago in
the Mediterranean coast when they died due to a extrange current, but down
to 40 meters deept, just very few knew about, nor even took any relevance

What can we do?
And concretelly, any ideas for this place in Europe??


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   1. Education is the key! (Paul Stampfl)


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Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2006 12:29:06 +0000
From: "Paul Stampfl" <paulstampfl at eircom.net>
Subject: [Coral-List] Education is the key!
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Dear Members of this in the last weeks very interesting List,

Educate the kids! (And as by-product their parents) This is the most
promising and probably only solution available to change the mind frame. 

Important is that we feed the kids again and again (its like advertising)

We should get the schools, the teachers and most importantly the kids

For a start; 

Lets put together a workshop (there might be already enough suitable
educational material out there) and visit the schools.  I am sure there is
one around your corner!  

One could set up a website adjusted to the needs of the kids and the
syllabus and accompany the kids throughout the school year or school career.
Kids like competitions;    set out some prizes and let them compete for it
in a quiz (within and between schools) 

Important is, that they have a contact / a face they can communicate with
and (as a highlight) talk to them personally from time to time. 

We could search for a mascot (Nemo is probably already protected by some
copyright law. Run a campaign where the kids (schools) have the option to
choose between different mascots, come up with a name, let them paint  you
get the point!   

This kind of effort would need some coordination and will therefore raise a
range of issues. - What kind of administrative framework is required? Who
e.g. would host the website? Is it necessary to set up a new (independent!)
platform? What is about the Kids that are not blessed with high speed
internet access? Sponsoring? etc.

I am sure you have some input and answers.


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