[Coral-List] What's really killing the corals.

John Ogden jogden at usf.edu
Mon Jul 3 12:29:08 EDT 2017

Hi Peter and all,  OK, I think we pretty much agree and probably have 
for decades.  But if policies are going to change, we need a focal point 
on something that has a good chance of being achieved.  Right now ICRI 
is working on the materials for the announcement of the third 
International Year of the Reef (IYOR) in 2018.  Presently, the goals 
look disturbingly like those of the first IYOR in 1997.  Is there a 
policy focus suitable for  IYOR 2018 that can be achieved?   For 
example, is it conceivable that the global coral reef community could 
rise up with one voice to push the Paris COP climate agenda?

On 7/3/2017 12:02 PM, Peter Sale wrote:
> Hi Magnus,
> I think I said it clearly some years ago: Save a reef; use a condom.
> There are more elegant ways of saying so, but until humanity grapples 
> effectively with our over-sized footprint on this planet, coral reefs 
> and most other ecosystems are in for a very rough ride.  Eventually, 
> we will be shuffled off and the planet will soldier on, but I’d like 
> to believe humanity is capable of the wisdom needed to do a much 
> better job of managing our negative environmental impacts than we have 
> been doing of late.  It takes a strong ethical belief that other life 
> has rights, considerable humility, plus some technical expertise – 
> these are all attributes we can develop, if we want to.
> Peter Sale
> University of Windsor
> sale at uwindsor.ca <mailto:sale at uwindsor.ca>
> petersalebooks.com

John C. Ogden
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