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“I am here, and there are the Earth and the Sun”

January 12, 2015
Aruba Sunrise by Rick Seidel

Aruba Sunrise by Rick Seidel

I am catching up on some reading and I see the December 2014-January 2015 issue of the Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM) newsletter shares the New Year’s resolutions and wishes of some of the vanguard of the marine conservation movement. I some great professional thinking, but the real gem comes from Wen Bo, a Pew Fellow and the Policy and Media Advisor with the Global Exploration Fund-China at National Geographic.

For his wish/resolution, he beautifully wrote:

If my office or residence happens to be along the coast, I would watch the sunset every now and then, as well as take photos and put them up on the wall and share via social media. If waking up early enough, I would go to see the sunrise by sea at least once a month. Doing this, I would not be too different from astronauts orbiting around the Earth, who can say, ‘I am here, and there are the Earth and the Sun.’ The moments of seeing sunrise and sunset are the moments when we can reflect on our planetary dwelling. It helps remind us of the ocean planet and, as conservationists, how vital and unique our efforts have been. It is one of the greatest jobs on Earth to ensure our healthy planet through time and space.

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