[Coral-List] Reef Safe Bill In Hawaii

Risk, Michael riskmj at mcmaster.ca
Tue Apr 11 19:10:03 EDT 2017

The role of the Devil's Advocate was to raise objections to the canonization of a candidate for sainthood. In this case, you do not seem to question the value of banning these sunscreens-you do seem to be allowing the perfect to be the enemy of the good.

Yes, there are other things we could do-point? This one action is dead easy, costs little (except to the companies that make the sunscreen) and has real impact.

If you really want to question development, etc etc, you may wish to investigate how it is that American companies were allowed to market a sunscreen containing a known carcinogen. European sunscreens do not contain this.

From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov [coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml..noaa.gov] on behalf of Tim Brown - NOAA Affiliate [tim.brown at noaa.gov]
Sent: April 10, 2017 6:14 PM
To: Be Reef Safe; Coral -List
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Reef Safe Bill In Hawaii

Devils advocate here but the whole reef safe sunscreen campaign feels like
such a fashionable trend right now....(like yoga and surfing)....an easy
consumable product that people can simply purchase to feel good about
themselves while perpetuating more pervasive causes of large scale reef
destruction like coastal development and first-world over-consumption.

i.e.: Tourists buying reef-safe sunscreen are encouraged to feel they are
"saving the reef" by making this consumption choice while staying at
massive coastal resort complexes that drain large quantities of Nitrogen
and Phosphorous into nearshore waters.

The negative effects on coral larvae of concentrated Oxybenzone in small
quantities of water in closed lab studies are undeniable... but neither can
we deny the runoff effects from golf courses, landscaping, and coastal

Its unpopular to challenge a population's way of life but perhaps there is
some way to support a more holistic approach to sustainability than simply
purchasing one product over another.  How do we create a paradigm shift in
the prevailing American attitude regarding consumption and
wastefulness...can we make this as fun and trendy (and easy) as buying a
new sunscreen???

On Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 11:23 AM, Be Reef Safe <bereefsafe at gmail.com> wrote:

> Aloha,
> We have been working hard in Hawaii to improve our reefs and sponsoring a
> reef-safe sunscreen bill which has been watered down into a study, that
> probably won't be funded.
> Our funding applications to study oxybenzone effects on the reefs in Hawaii
> has been denied by NOAA as they are focused on climate change.
> We need support to pressure our lawmakers to help us remove dangerous
> chemicals from products that are harming the reefs. We are so close to
> making it happen.
> The latest wording of the bill prior has been to remove the "ban" and
> replace it with a study.
> http://www.bereefsafe.com/hawaii-bill-relating-
> preserving-coral-reefs-sb1150/
> Dan
> http://www.bereefsafe.com
> http://www.haereticus-lab.org/donations-fundraising/
> https://bantoxicsunscreens.com/
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