[Coral-List] Crazy Ideas to Save Coral Reefs

Quenton Dokken qdokken at gulfmex.org
Wed Sep 5 12:16:42 EDT 2012

Excellent point Judy.  It is time we look into the mirror and accept
individual accountability or least acknowledge that each of us is a part of
the problem.  Not only do we, as scientist and tourist, support the release
of carbon via transportation, but also through supporting the construction
of roads, hotels, and entertainment infrastructure.  In our quest to explore
the tropical reefs of the world we are the market that island developers
target.  We often discuss the impacts of divers in the water, but rarely do
we acknowledge/discuss the impact of divers getting to the dive site and
recreating onshore between dives.   The "out of the water" impacts are just
as devastating if not more so than the "in the water" impacts.

I am not naïve enough to believe that we are going to stop traveling to
exotic and fragile locations.  Hence, our only option is to demand improved
technology that is more environmentally friendly.  Recently, new gas mileage
standards were passed for the U.S.A.  The auto industry has been fighting
against this for decades, but thankfully more far-sighted minds prevailed.
How do we extend this effort to the cruise industry?  How do we get island
governments to consider the impacts of road building and storm water runoff?

There are solutions, but they will become the order of the day only if we
can get business side of the impact equation engaged as a leader in the


Quenton R. Dokken, PhD
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[mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Judith Lang
Sent: Wednesday, September 05, 2012 9:18 AM
To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: [Coral-List] Crazy Ideas to Save Coral Reefs

Many of us subscribe to this list because we love being in the water for
research, monitoring, education, photography and/or simple joy. For some of
us, however, the travel involved in getting from our home bases to the field
and back again via land, air and/or sea releases a huge amount of carbon
dioxide into the atmosphere. Tank fills are another source of carbon
emissions specific to all who scuba dive. 

Perhaps it's time to boldly suggest that we take more seriously our
contribution to global warming. Are we prepared to require governments,
foundations, NGOs , or even ourselves, to purchase offsets to balance the
carbon emissions associated with our diving, given that doing so might well
come out of the funding for our own activities?

Individuals may be hesitant to ask potential funders to budget this
additional expense if its cost hasn't already been internalized by the
whatever funding organization. Knowing which organizations already are doing
so might be a useful  "negotiating strategy." I've heard of a few, and hope
there are more of which I am unaware. 

All those receiving funding for carbon offsets associated with their
professional work are encouraged to send me an email describing how this was
accomplished and with which organization. I'd like to collate and share the
responses with the coral-list.

Those heros amongst us who are personally offsetting their own carbon
emissions for either work or pleasure are also asked to let me know. 

Advance many thanks,
Judy Lang
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