[Coral-List] Getting the message across

RainbowWarriorsInternational southern_caribbean at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 17 15:56:54 EST 2010

Dear Steve,

Funny you should mention the book. It seems that everybody but the environmental groups and lots of academics read this. We could have seen the Copenhagen Deal coming from a thousand miles away. We did not. The book is 15 years old. Any similar publications in the internet age w/social media on this topic?

Right now we have some serious issues impacting marine ecosystems in the Caribbean and we need to know how to counter the big corporate/state  interests preventing effective measures being taken.

E.g. marine debris prevention, port reception facilities for ship-generated solid waste, LBS Protocol of Cartagena Convention implementation, ecosystem services protection (e.g. coastal wetlands and mangrove marshes/swamps being cleared), regulation of water sports.

Milton Ponson, President
Rainbow Warriors Core Foundation
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Email: southern_caribbean at yahoo.com Web Sites: http://www.southerncaribbean..org   http://www.rainbowwarriors.net (Global)

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--- On Mon, 2/15/10, Steve Tooze <stevetooze1000 at googlemail.com> wrote:

From: Steve Tooze <stevetooze1000 at googlemail.com>
Subject: [Coral-List] Getting the message across
To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Date: Monday, February 15, 2010, 4:11 AM

Dear all

I've followed the intermittent debate about why the general public are
failing to get the message in regard to the threat to coral reefs, and what
scientists should do about that.

I'm involved with various grass roots environmental movements in the UK and
we all spend a lot of time agonising about the same thing. Why are people
not marching in their millions about some of the gravest threats that our
society has ever faced to its existence?

Then, a couple of weeks ago, a friend recommended a book that seemed to me
to go right to the nub of the problem.

At the risk of sounding like your old university lecturer, I'd suggest that
interested List members take a look at Free to be Human: Intellectual
self-defence in an Age of Illusions by a UK-based academic called David
Edwards. Then discuss.

I found his analysis of the corporate and State 'framing conditions' that
control and hamstring our attempts to build, for example, a critical mass of
support for responsible and sustainable environmental polices extremely
interesting and persuasive.

It's also worth logging on to the BBC's website and tracking down a podcast
of a BBC Radio 4 program called Turkeys Voting for Christmas.

A thought-provoking examination of why overwhelming scientific data about
anthropogenic climate change - even when put across in an accessible pop
science form by the likes of Al Gore - fails to engage and convince the man
on the street.

I feel both of the above might be food for thought for the List's ongoing
mass communications debate.


Steve Tooze
Journalist and media consultant
London UK
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