Posted by: Michael D. Austin | August 23, 2009

You Have to Pay Attention in Heaven

Coral reef in Timor, courtesy of David Guggenheim

Coral reef in Timor, courtesy of David Guggenheim. One-fifth of the world's coral has already died.

So, it’s Sunday afternoon and I’m doing three things I love. Eating Chinese takeout from Panda, importing some additional David Bowie into iTunes and making ready for tomorrow’s Blue Planet Almanac. At the moment, The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” is playing at 110 (out of 99 volume increments) over the Bose.

This is heavenly after a few grueling weeks of doing stuff I’d rather not. But as in most industrialized countries, I have choices about what I want to do and when I want to do it.

My privilege today is in preparing for you for the best in things environmental. And the only way we’re changing anything about our little planet is to make consistent, everyday lifestyle choices which promote its health. When we keep the planet healthy, we stay healthy. Just keep learning about your planet and how to live here in a sustainable fashion, pay attention and take little actions every day which get you where you want to go.

Dr. David E. Guggenheim, ocean doctor

Dr. David E. Guggenheim, ocean doctor

Sustainable knowledge is what caught my eye about marine conservation biologist Dr. David Guggenheim’s work. David does something each and every day which adds up over time.

On Monday, 8-24-09 at 8:00 AM Pacific time Blue Planet Almanac radio will host world-class “Ocean Doctor,” Dr. David Guggenheim of 1Planet1Ocean. Streaming live at HealthyLife.net radio, surfers will point their Internet browser to that site and click, “Listen Live.” HealthyLife.net’s over 3 million monthly listeners.

Discussing the amazing background behind his love of the ocean and its stewardship, Dr. Guggenheim will draw from his lifelong experiences as a friend to Mother Earth including his roles as current president of 1Planet1Ocean and past vice president at The Ocean Conservancy. Guggenheim is also current expedition leader of the Ocean Doctor’s 50 Years, 50 States, 50 Speeches Tour to educate American children about the ocean’s critical importance to our futures.

Dr. Guggenheim's student tries a submersible on for size

Dr. Guggenheim's student tries a submersible on for size

But, one of Guggenheim’s most important projects involves not only America, but Cuba and Mexico, too. He’ll discuss his very unusual work and very special good news in Cuba about the Cuba Marine Research & Conservation project – “Proyecto Costa Noroccidental.” In cooperation with the Ocean Foundation, the Cuban project is a collaborative effort with the University of Havana’s Centro de Investigaciones Marinas and also the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Studying and preserving the irreplaceable, rich marine and coastal wildlife of Cuba and the Gulf of Mexico, Dr. Guggenheim has observed some fascinating findings with invaluable implications for our little Earth.

Guggenheim discovered that Cuba’s coastal areas are in ecologically-sound shape. How can this be so since Cuba is only 80 miles from Florida’s Keys, where most coastal areas and coral reefs are dying or dead? In fact, we’re told that most coral reefs worldwide are dying or dead. Can the United States do the same things Cuba did to preserve its vital coastal areas? Is there anything you can do to help? Tune in on 8-24-09 at 8 AM Pacific to HealthyLife.net radio to find out!

After the live air date, Blue Planet Almanac radio will also be available in archive at Blue Planet Almanac radio archives – listeners can hear David by clicking the link next to his name and the show date of 8-24-09. The show will later be archived at Blue Planet Almanacs news site.


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