[Coral-List] Declaration Concerns

Christopher Hawkins chwkins at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 17 19:39:28 EDT 2007

Gregor and all-
  With regard to the broad generalization that THE problem is that the public is not aware of existence or other values associated with coral reefs, I advise caution.  Can this statement be backed up?  Show me the science.
  And, which public(s) are we speaking of?  Tropical coastal residents?  Midwestern North Americans?  (etc.)  Or, is the whole dang world just a bunch of ignoramuses?
  I also wouldn't advise putting all of our eggs in the education basket.  It is of course important, but I'd be happy to send along references regarding the relationship between what people know and what behaviors they engage in.
  Always good to have a think about these things before we make such grand declarations.
  Ph.D. student
  Human Dimensions of Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Program
  University of Massachusetts Amherst

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