[Coral-List] Number of Signees of ISRS Coral Bleaching & Climate Change Petition reaches 1000
rupert.ormond.mci at gmail.com
Thu Nov 12 19:05:40 EST 2015
Dear Coral Listers,
The number of ISRS members, coral-listers and colleagues signing the
on-line petition in support of the ISRS Consensus Statement on Coral
Bleaching and Climate Change has passed a thousand! Indeed at the moment
of writing it has reached 1129! And this in only 5 days, a point to note
when lobbying congressmen, government ministers, and COP21 delegates.
The Society is enormously grateful to all of you who have taken the time
to sign the petition and lobby friends and colleagues to do likewise. It
is a privilege to find oneself among a community of like-minded
scientists, willing to speak up on behalf of the coral reefs we study
and care so much about.
If you have not so far signed the on-line petition, please consider
doing so. It should only take a moment. It can be found at:
If you have yourself signed the petition, please consider sending an
email to your like minded friends and colleagues encouraging them to
also do so. The draft of a suitable email that you might like to copy as
is or adapt is shown below.
With thanks to all,
Prof. Rupert Ormond, Corresponding Secretary, International Society for
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
DRAFT EMAIL TO COPY AND / OR ADAPT:
Dear Friends and Colleagues!
I am writing to you, because, as you may know, corals are uniquely
sensitive to above normal ocean temperatures, and increasingly, as a
result of global warming, coral reefs around the world are being
devastated though a mechanism called coral bleaching. When water
temperatures increase above about 30 degs C, the corals turn white, and
then, if unusually warm conditions continue, they die. Because of this
and other factors the amount of live coral on reefs as far apart as the
Caribbean and the Great Barrier Reef is now only a third to a half of
what it was historically. In fact, as I write, coral bleaching is
occurring across the Pacific in places as far apart as Hawaii and the
Great Barrier Reef, and right across the northern Caribbean. The
International Society for Reef Studies, to which most reef scientists
and managers belong, has recently produced an evidence-based Statement
(that can be downloaded from their website: www.coralreefs.org
<http://www.coralreefs.org>) urging nations and negotiators at the
forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Paris to adopt restrictions
on carbon emissions that will insure global temperatures increase by no
more then 1.5 deg C in the long-term. At present we are heading for an
increase of at least 2.5 deg C, which will prove very difficult if not
impossible to reverse. Please support this statement by signing the
PLEASE DO THIS and pass on this request by forwarding this email to
like-minded colleagues and friends, urging them to do likewise.
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