[Coral-List] Divers and IYOR.

Sarah Frias-Torres sfrias_torres at hotmail.com
Thu Jun 12 12:01:49 EDT 2008

I agree with you. Just telling is not doing.
The first step in saying IYOR is to ask why there is one at all? 
then within the same message, is the self-analysis, on what you are doing today and how you can do it differently to make an impact.
And we have to do both at the same time: awareness-action.
My original message was the surprise that not even the awareness part was there. The other larger issue of your post is how americans (by that I assume U.S. citizens/people) will go through this self-exploratory trip.
Sometimes I have both hope and dispair. Yesterday, when walking out of the grocery with my cotton canvas bag, towards my small, low gas burning car (still saving for a hybrid), I was stop by a lady driving a huge SUV. She wanted to know where I got the canvas bags because she wanted to be more environmentally friendly..... can you guess my (very polite) answer? 

Sarah Frias-Torres, Ph.D. 
Marine Conservation Biologist
Ocean Research and Conservation Association, Fort Pierce, Florida, USA
 > Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2008 07:39:17 -0400> From: jware at erols.com> To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> Subject: [Coral-List] Divers and IYOR.> > Hello to all,> > I know that I am a little slower than most of you, which is why I am > confused. The question that I am asking is: What exactly did you > expect AMERICAN divers to do differently if they are told that this is > the IYOR? Did anyone out there really expect that knowledge alone to > make any difference in the behavior of the average diver? I don't. > > The biggest impact that divers have on coral reefs has almost nothing to > do with diving. It has to do with driving a 12 mpg SUV, flying to coral > reef destinations, setting their home air conditioning system to 72, > etc, etc.> > John> > -- > *************************************************************> * *> * John R. Ware, PhD *> * President *> * SeaServices, Inc. *> * 19572 Club House Road *> * Montgomery Village, MD, 20886, USA *> * 301 987-8507 *> * jware at erols.com *> * http://www.seaservices.org *> * fax: 301 987-8531 *> * Treasurer and Member of the Council: *> * International Society for Reef Studies *> * _ *> * | *> * ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ *> * _|_ *> * | _ | *> * _______________________________| |________ *> * |\/__ Untainted by Technology \ *> * |/\____________________________________________/ *> *************************************************************> > Become a member of the International Society for Reef Studies> http://www.fit.edu/isrs/> > The next International Coral Reef Symposium is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida> 7-11 July 2008 http://www.nova.edu/ncri/11icrs/> > > > _______________________________________________> Coral-List mailing list> Coral-List at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> http://coral.aoml.noaa.gov/mailman/listinfo/coral-list

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