[Coral-List] New York Times op-ed piece - thoughts for Phase II
sealab at earthlink.net
Sun Jul 22 21:42:51 EDT 2012
It is with great interest that we should consider the exchange between Alina
because therein lies our salvation.
I believe that Ove is spot on to point out that "seemingly immovable
will fall away if only because it will become increasingly uneconomic not to
shift towards renewable energy sources. In this regard, individuals and
organisations that are pumping
money into gas and coal infrastructure today are probably doing so at great
risk to their
But Alina counters by pointing out "The truth is that the human species
to a problem until after a disaster happens, seldomly as a preventative".
So can we patiently wait until the economic realities ultimately tip the
balance in favor of renewables or will such moderation doom our coral reefs
along with other vulnerable ecosystems?
Alina reminds us that it is critical to "educate sufficient people about
this and get our leaders to make wise choices and that it will take more
than a panel of experts at a meeting attended by a couple thousand
people". Ove's solution is to suggest to his fellow scientists that "not
only should we continue to expand our interaction with the mainstream media
but we must also focus on capturing hearts and minds of hundreds of millions
through effective social media campaigns and other mechanisms. Only then
will we have the chance to speed up the transition that desperately needs to
I say to that . . . . please listen.
Thank you both and . . . amen.
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