[Coral-List] Struggling with ocean optimism

Dennis Hubbard dennis.hubbard at oberlin.edu
Thu Mar 1 18:42:00 EST 2018

Yeah - I refer to the "good old days" as the Holocene.


On Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 5:34 PM, Paul Muir <paul.muir at qm.qld.gov.au> wrote:

> In terms of reef optimism the joke:  'don't worry it will all be ok in
> 50000 years!' works for me. I use this quite a a bit on the dive deck after
> seeing yet another heavily bleached reef or revisiting a once perfect reef
> that has been heavily degraded. It sounds a bit trite but it does put
> things into some sort of perspective.
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On 27 Feb 2018, at 4:49 am, "Steve Mussman" <sealab at earthlink.net>
> wrote:
> >
> > Dear Listers,
> > Coming from the perspective of someone involved for many years in the
> diving industry, I am struggling with the concept of ocean optimism and
> would like some feedback from you, the experts on coral reef ecology. I
> understand that tourism is an important economic driver in many tropical
> regions around the world and that too much doom and gloom is bad for
> business, but it seems to me that for far too long the major threats to
> coral reefs have been downplayed industry-wide and that this approach has
> therefore unwittingly contributed to decades of inaction. How can we hope
> to work towards real-world solutions if we can’t bring ourselves to openly
> discuss policy positions that could effectively address the fundamental
> problems involved?            Most recently, I have come across two
> excellent, thoughtful and well written articles that reflect the position
> of the diving industry on the current state of our oceans and coral reefs
> in particular.          Please consider reading these articles and
> providing any commentary you consider appropriate.
> >
> > http://www.alertdiver.com/Northern_GBR
> >
> > http://www.alertdiver.com/Ocean_Optimism
> >
> > Regards,
> > Steve Mussman
> >
> >
> >
> > Sent from my iPad
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Dennis Hubbard
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