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THE GULF OIL SPILL: THE CHALLENGE OF BRINGING HOPE AND HEALING TO COLLECTIVE TRAUMA, GRIEF, AND RAGE. Last Updated on 2018-11-03 21:09:30 The Gulf oil spill is now identified as the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history.   The crisis has the potential for changes in the lives of the people along the Gulf Coast, and our country as a whole.     The incident for me, personally, brought up memories of the Santa Barbara, Califorina oil spill.  At the time of the Santa Barbara oil spill, I was attending college a few miles down the road in Thousand Oaks, California.  At the time the 11 days to cap the spill seemed like an eternity and the 200,000 gallons spread out on a 800 mile slick seemed hard to comprehend.   The numbers of this oil spill now seem to be dwarfed by the mammoth spill in the Gulf of Mexico.   Some have noted that it was the Santa Barbara Oil spill that was the catalyst for the first Earth Day and the passage of several new environmental laws such as the National... More »
Celebrate World Ocean's Day with us. Last Updated on 2015-06-02 15:23:59 Join us for a evening World Oceans Day celebration with Dr. Ellen Prager, sustainable seafood, a report on the Windsor Castle Consultation on Sustainable Tourism and more. June 8th at 6:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Watch 3000 Pinellas Bayway South Tierra Verde FL 33715 R.S.V.P. wavesofchange4@me.com Please feel free to extend this invitation to family, colleagues, and friends provided that you RSVP with their names as space is limited. Click Here for more details on the event. Hope to see you there Be Well, Dave Randle   More »
Third Party Certification Needed for Sustainable Tourism Last Updated on 2014-07-06 13:58:13 There are many laws and principles governing the environment but collectively they do not provide any guarantee that a tourism business will be sustainable. While there are some national and international laws that impact tourism, such as the climate change convention, biodiversity convention, endangered species act, clean water act, clean air act, and protected areas legislation, they are only a small part of the overall sustainability issues that tourism faces. International laws are often hard to enforce, and national laws don't usually address the day to day operations of a tourism business that makes it sustainable. One way to address this issue is through voluntary initiatives such as sustainable certification programs. In this way a tourism business can set itself apart from other tourism businesses who do not feel a need to act in an environmentally friendly or ethical... More »
From Despair to Repair: Dramatic Decline of Caribbean Corals Can Be Reversed Last Updated on 2014-07-02 13:46:18 Gland, Switzerland, 02 July 2014 – With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report, Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012, is the most detailed and comprehensive study of its kind published to date – the result of the work of 90 experts over the course of three years. It contains the analysis of more than 35,000 surveys conducted at 90 Caribbean locations since 1970, including studies of corals, seaweeds, grazing sea urchins and fish.   The results show that the Caribbean corals have declined by more than 50% since the... More »
Ideas For Change, Sylvia Earle Last Updated on 2014-06-10 07:54:50 World Oceans Day - 8th June 2013 An Interactive infographic designed by the Global Agenda Council on Oceans in partnership with the Ocean Health Index will be hosted on the World Economic Forum homepage http://www.weforum.org/. The infographic will enable audiences to learn more about the benefits of measuring and monitoring ocean resources through the Ocean Health Index and Seafood Traceability. A link to the infographic will be released shortly. Forum:Blog (http://forumblog.org) will feature supporting blog posts from a number of expert oceanographers: - Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer and Creator of Mission Blue Foundation, on Oceans - Celine Cousteau, Founder and CEO of CauseCentric Productions, on Human-Ocean Relationship - Nishan Degnarain, Senior Economic Adviser at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development of Mauritius, on the Economic Role of Oceans - Hans... More »