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Boston to D.C.

August 13, 2010

As our whirlwind of travel comes to an end I am feeling optimistic about the institute outcome. In the company of 18 enthusiastic, motivated and competent educators I can envision the positive change they might create communicating solutions to ocean issues. On Tuesday morning, while still in Boston, John Anderson with New England Aquarium  talked with the group about framing climate change conversations. The timing of this topic fit perfectly into our work and helped place information from the week into relevant context for communication. We also benefited from exposure to outreach activities and new information about Right whales. Seeing humpback and fin whales under a clear blue sky on calm seas capped the New England experience and inspired individuals to do what they can to make sure future generations might know the thrill of being in the company of whales.

Washington D.C. introduced us to new levels of technology through the Smithsonian’s Sant Ocean Hall and the Koshland Museum. We also wrapped up the institute with a brainstorming session to summarize our experiences and develop an outline for our marine mammal/climate story. Carrie McDougall, our NOAA grant officer, joined us for our Smithsonian tour (thank you Catherine!) and follow-up discussion. Her insight and expertise locating resources and evaluating project effectiveness was a huge bonus. 

I’m looking forward to the next phase of our adventure – spreading the word, sharing the passion, and interacting with each of our participants on their home turf as we work together to create a sustainable future.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Robert Roush permalink
    August 13, 2010 6:50 am

    Well done.

    • peggymmi permalink
      August 14, 2010 6:33 am

      Thank you, Bob – I’ll be enlisting your help.

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