Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. ~Chief Seattle, 1855There is an open house at the marine lab today. This is one of those events in which we have a lot of displays and information available and the public comes in to see what we do. It's generally a fun event with children and adults alike enjoying seeing critters and going out on the boats.
I think that the best part of my work is getting the message about the importance of the marine environment to the public. I used to think that the best part of what I did was publish papers and do research. I think that my attitude changed when I came to realize that there is a sense of urgency about taking care of the habitats that we have left. With more and more people moving to the coast, there is a real need to impress upon people that the water and marine resources that everyone loves is getting sick from careless development, overpopulation, and generally being taken for granted. Awareness and education are key to getting the message out.
I wish that more academicians came out of the ivory towers of learning and mingled among the general public. Not all but many are simply out of touch with what is happening in the real world. I don't think that I have the luxury anymore of simply doing research because it's something that interests me. I feel that I have a responsibility to do something that is going to make things better.
Off my soap box for today and off to pass the message of "Do no harm" to others or to the environment.
I'm grateful for:
- Being able to pass the messages that I've learned on to others
- Having a chance at experiencing another day
- Doing what I can for a better way of life and hoping that others do the same
- Having seen that nature puts on a better show than Spielburg and it's all for free
- The wonderment of kids over things that many of us take for granted.