[Coral-List] UN outreach and a dangerous trap

Franziska Elmer franziskaelmer at hotmail.com
Wed Apr 28 20:57:08 UTC 2021

Dear Steve and Coral list,

Steve, thank you for bringing these two important readings to our attention. Reading UN article written in 2017 ( https://www.un.org/en/chronicle/article/can-we-save-coral-reefs) I see that we haven't really engaged in some of the steps suggested such as:

  *   Establish a high-profile movement that makes way for a shift in societal behaviour to reduce adverse impacts on coral reefs and adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.
  *   Become engaged as scientists in the climate discussion and push for faster reductions in emissions.

The article Steve shared in his post "a dangerous trap" (https://apac01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F) explains how we as scientists have not used the immense power we have to get government and industry to adapt more ambitious climate targets. 2021 is a critical year to raise our voice, since governments are negotiation their reduction targets for 2025. Christiana Figueres (former UNFCCC secretary) said it clearly: the more pressure comes from people demontrating and engaging in direct action and civil disobedience, the more ambitious the government targets will be as they know people demand it and stand behind it.
So if you haven't raised your voice yet, please consider starting today to do so. As Einstein said: "Those who have the priviledge to know have the duty to act"

How can you make a difference?

  *    Join a local environmental or climate group
  *   Get inspired by other coral reef scientists making a difference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZxDXCWzidE
  *   email me if you are interested in doing a global coral reef scientist direct action at the end of this summer.

Together we can make a huge difference, but we are running out of time!

With love for the Ocean and rage about climate inaction,

Franziska Elmer

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