The Blue Tempeh
Monday, June 27, 2005
  ONE to make the DIFFERENCE.
Last night, I had the great honour of attending the wedding of a friend of mine. You might be wondering what a WEDDING and marine conservation have anything in common?! Well, I didn't think there'd be any link either... but I was pleasantly surprised to find out otherwise...

I am sure you are well aware of the link between chinese weddings and shark's fin soup. My friend, not ONLY boycotted the broth for his wedding dinner, but went an extra mile (or so) and showcased a slideshow of marine conservation messages (including full expose on how and where shark's fins come from, blast fishing, the need for us to respect and protect our marine environment...etc).

And, I might add, HE MADE THE SLIDESHOW HIMSELF! Amidst the hectic schedule of planning a wedding and keeping his bride and family happy! I TRULY TAKE MY HAT OFF. RESPECT man. R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

That night, he probably affected a lot of people, young and old. And touched and inspired those of us who are fighting for the same cause to conserve our marine heritage. An avid diver and a volunteer for one of the marine conservation expeditions I led to Sabah, he's truly ONE to make a difference.

This is a tribute to him and his ways.

He, as ONE, made a difference. YOU can too. It is said that each of us are connected to just about everyone else by 5 people. So, theoretically, if you, as an individual, can effectively spread the message of marine conservation to FIVE other people, you can change the world!

Not CHANGE change, but maybe make it a place where our marine environment gets the respect and protection it rightfully deserves. For our own good, too!

So never ask what difference can one person make. More often than not, ONE is all it needs to save our reefs.

Want to be heard? Need a channel? Mail your thoughts and sentiments on marine issues to reefnews@bluewatervolunteers.org.

Also visit the BWV website for more news and on how you can contribute towards marine conservation.

Also see WILD SINGAPORE's YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE page to learn more on what you can do as an individual.

EVERY LITTLE BIT COUNTS! Start a Blog, write a letter, tell your friends, drop it in a conversation, teach your students, lead by example... so many ways, and all it takes is YOU.
 
Comments:
Hello fellow fisherman,

Did you know that 16% of the U.S. population goes fishing at least 16 days a year?

Did you also know that over 75% of the nations fishermen do not fish during "prime time"; fish feeding hours?

Those precious few moments before twilight can be absolutely magical. Even up until 11pm at night, the largest predators of any species feed ravenously.

Don't believe me? Check out Daniel Eggertsen's story, and a picture of a couple of his catches here : "Evening Secrets plus more"

I want you to do me a favor and try it out so I can see what you think of it, and if it works for you as well as it did for me.

You will be one of the first to try it out.

Gone Fishin',

Neil
 
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