November 25, 2011

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As Patron of the Coral Sea initiative to protect a large area east of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, I am in Australia — sponsored by the Australian Grantmakers Association and the Pew Environment Group. In Sydney, I appeared on ABC radio and ABC television and had several interviews concerning Australia’s plans to develop a network of new marine protected areas around the entire coastline, with special reference to the Coral Sea and Southwestern Australia.

Australian Nature Conservancy Chairman Robert McLean and Dr. Earle arrive at SIMS
The day of my arrival I gave a talk at a donor dinner at the new Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences (SIMS) and was surprised to be the recipient of SIMS first Emerald Environment Award.

Up at 0400 AM to catch an early flight to Canberra for all day meetings at Parliament House, with accomodations at the historic Hotel Kurrajong.

 
Then came a lunch time talk to about 30 government officials, staff and guests, followed by a stirring talk by Environment Minister Tony Burke who is expected to release news of Australia’s new reserves very soon. It’s been fantastic to see the increased media attention to this topic!
–  Dr. Sylvia Earle
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