[Coral-List] a plea

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Tue Feb 12 09:05:35 EST 2013

How to inspire people? Let's inspire ourselves first. My suggestions: stop attending shopping malls and supermarkets, sell our car, change to a diet based on food low in the food chain locally grown with sustainable methods, planting fruit and nut trees and bushes, think of switching from being full time scientists to be "part-time scientists and part-time sustainable farmers", get involved in your local community/neighborhood and lead by example.. We do not need any more data on how bad things are or about how corals reproduce, though we do need some "applied research on the field" on sustainable farming (and sheltering).
Let's start with what is within our reach.

 From: Benjamin Greenstein <bgreenstein at cornellcollege.edu>
To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov 
Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2013 4:03 PM
Subject: [Coral-List] a plea

I recently received a note from a person who has been working for an  
NGO focused on marine conservation. Their message ended with the  
following passage, and I secured permission to share it with the list.  
Many of us have experienced similar frustrations. What words of wisdom/ 
hope might you have that I may pass along? Thanks.

Ben Greenstein

In the midst of this I am left wondering if there is any hope and I am  
extremely frustrated feeling as though I can't make a difference.  
What do you think the best approach is to conservation issues like  
this?  How do you inspire people to care?  How do we act fast enough  
when all of our political systems are programmed to make slow, careful  
decisions...and why do we require DATA to prove what is so obvious to  
the ordinary observer...that forests, coral reefs, ocean, desert,  
marshes, wetlands, salt ponds, ice caps, tundras and every ecosystem  
in this biosphere is in serious need of some tlc.

Benjamin J. Greenstein, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of the College
Professor of Geology
Department of Geology
Cornell College
600 First St. SW
Mount Vernon, IA 52314

PH: 319-895-4307
FAX: 319-895-5667
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