[Coral-List] Why we are failing to repair coral reefs

Alan.E.Strong - NOAA Affiliate alan.e.strong at noaa.gov
Tue Oct 21 08:34:47 EDT 2014

Spot on Alina....only takes those in the Caribbean this past month who 
have had to cope with the Sargassum "take over"!!


On 10/20/2014 6:19 PM, Szmant, Alina wrote:
> Hello Peter:
> I read your essay in Reef Encounters.  All I will add is that if all we (whoever we is) are focused on is saving coral reefs, we are doomed to failure..  Coral reefs are just one of many ecosystems on Planet Earth that are in distress and being wiped out systematically due to the human cancer:  forests (rain and temperate, and all other kinds), wetlands, tundra, coastal plains, estuaries, and on and on.  We can't hope to save one without saving them all, and to do that in the long term, we have to somehow reduce human numbers to half of those inhabiting Earth today.  It may be too late already, but the longer we wait to even recognize the root of the problem and get moving to do something about it, the less likely that this will happen in time to save the organisms and ecosystems we know and value.
> Alina
> "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." Eleanor Roosevelt
> "The time is always right to do what is right"  Martin Luther King
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov [mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Peter Sale
> Sent: Monday, October 20, 2014 1:03 PM
> To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
> Subject: [Coral-List] Why we are failing to repair coral reefs
> Hi,
> I recently penned a comment on why we are, for the most part, failing in
> our efforts to repair and sustain coral reefs, despite the efforts of many
> dedicated and hard-working people.  It appeared in Reef Encounter, the
> on-line news journal of ISRS, and many readers of this list will have seen
> it already.  Thinking it might be worth wider dissemination, I've now put
> it up on my blog, with some pretty pictures attached.  You can access the
> blog at www.petersalebooks.com/?p=1708  and you can see the original in
> Reef Encounter which can be downloaded from the ISRS website at
> http://coralreefs.org/  Reef Encounter has lots of interesting content
> (perhaps even more interesting than my comment)!
> If you are a member of ISRS, you could also think of nominating someone to
> the ISRS Council, and if you are not a member, think about joining this
> international coral reef science community.
> Peter Sale
> sale at uwindsor.ca                 @PeterSale3
> www.uwindsor.ca/sale           www.petersalebooks.com
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