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Tue Apr 12 17:21:17 UTC 2022
Bill, you have clearly pointed out an inconvenient aspect of all this that many here would prefer to avoid.
Although there are a number of restoration efforts worthy of praise that nobly fulfill John’s expectations, some of the most prominent and well-funded projects have chosen instead to strategically avoid placing due emphasis on the imperative need to address climate change and other major stressors. Until this changes, I’m afraid we will continue to miss out on what could be a “potent political opportunity” to utilize perhaps the most visible aspect of the coral sciences to bring about much needed change.
On 4/12/22, 7:51 AM, Bill Allison via Coral-List <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> wrote:
"... reef restoration programs acting in concert provide a potent
political opportunity to influence their national governments to support
the UN-based global efforts to control greenhouse gases and other factors
inimical to the survival of coral reefs."
"reef restoration programs" masquerading as a solution provide a rationale
for kicking the addressing-causes-can down the road.
On Tue, Apr 12, 2022 at 6:59 AM John Ogden via Coral-List <
coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> wrote:
> Dear Friends on Coral-List,
> The good news that Austin Bowden-Kirby highlights in his recent post
> concerns the global growth surge in reef restoration schemes and programs
> and shows clearly that people care about coral reefs and are unwilling to
> wait for government to act and watch them die without trying to do
> something to help. This kind of hands-on volunteerism is too rare and
> important not to take full advantage of on the political stage. In my
> opinion Coral Gardeners and other reef restoration programs acting in
> concert provide a potent political opportunity to influence their national
> governments to support the UN-based global efforts to control greenhouse
> gases and other factors inimical to the survival of coral reefs.
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