News from Joyce Corrigan and the Bedford Garden Club:
“Foremost marine conservationist and award-winning author Carl Safina—hailed as “an ecologist with the soul of a poet” –to speak at St Matthew’s Church Fellowship Hall in Bedford on March 9th, 2011 at 9:30 AM
Nationally recognized ecologist Carl Safina, PhD, author of highly-acclaimed books Eye of the Albatross and Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World’s Coasts and Beneath the Seas will share the story of his journey from fisherman to scientist to the realization that the changes he witnessed reflect the global challenges facing not just nature but all of humankind. The lecture is open to the public and sponsored by the Bedford Garden Club
Carl grew up with a love for wild birds, or ‘living jewels” as he affectionately calls them. While pursuing his passion around the world, he became witness not only to the glories and wonders of marine life, but the vast devastation of global overfishing. After earning a Ph.D. in ecology from Rutgers University, he went on to found the Living Oceans Program at the National Audubon Society while concurrently serving on the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2003, he co-founded the Blue Ocean Institute, whose mission is to encourage a symbiosis with the sea, and to inspire, not demand, conservation by using science, art and literature. In short, to construct and maintain “sea ethic”.
An award-winning author of Eye of the Albatross and Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World’s Coasts and Beneath the Seas, Carl confronts and offers solutions to ecological issues of today. His efforts have aided in the rebuilding of marine wildlife population with the banning of high-seas driftnets and overhauling federal fisheries laws in the U.S., as well as instigating international fishing agreements among fishermen to restore depleted populations of tuna, sharks, and bykill, such as dolphins and sea turtles.
Carl believes “consumer education will become the largest area of growth and change in the toolbox of ocean conservation strategy.”