A Message to Eastern Airlines, 35 Years Late

Eastern AirlinesRemember Eastern Airlines? I do. And I’m forever grateful to the long-gone carrier for transporting me to a new world exactly 35 years ago, a world that I’ve never left. On June 24, 1974, I boarded Eastern Airlines flight 35 in Philadelphia, sat myself in seat 12A, a window of course. Scheduled departure was 900am. The Boeing 727 rumbled down the runway, and two and half magical hours later, a 15-year-old teenager from Philly found himself in Miami, Florida, eager with anticipation of catching his first glimpse of the Florida Keys, wherever they were. I didn’t know. Someone had to draw a map for me on a napkin.

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50 States – Leg 1: California – The Giant Squid Problem

I suppose it was an appropriate start for an expedition about the oceans: Wet. A cold January morning rain pounded the Washington, DC sidewalks as I dashed, carry-on in tow, to catch a ride to the airport. Fortunately, a taxi driver quickly took pity on the umbrella-less, rapidly saturating figure waving his arm on the corner, and, in keeping with DC taxi cab tradition, I was soon in deep and interesting conversation about current events and, of course, politics.

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Can Cuba’s Mysteries Help Save the World’s Coral Reefs?

Healthy elkhorn coral in Cuba's Gulf of Mexico (Photo by Abel Valdivia)Until that tranquil morning in late June 1974, the sum total of my SCUBA diving experience had been in a landlocked state, in a stifling, moldy indoor YMCA pool in the Philadelphia suburbs and a Pennsylvania quarry, flooded with icy soup-green water. Barely comprehending the new world of pungent humidity, mountainous afternoon cumulus clouds, and lush tangles of flowering succulents I experienced at water’s edge during my first visit to the Florida Keys, I was wholly unprepared later that morning when I found myself seated in sugar-white sand with 40 feet of warm, clear aquamarine water above my head. As impossibly multi-colored fish passed slowly within reach before my wide 15-year-old eyes, my gaze broadened as I marveled at the towering jetties of coral around us, living layer cakes of corals upon corals, brown and mustard rock-like structures, encrusted with brilliant red, violet and orange coralline fans and branches, swaying in the warm, nourishing current and, like eager spring blossoms, reaching toward the dancing sunlight scattered on the surface above. Read more


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Upcoming and recent articles, radio/TV interviews, and event appearances featuring 1planet1ocean and/or Dr. David E. Guggenheim:

May 7: David Guggenheim to be Featured Speaker at 15th Anniversary Potomac Cruise for the Marine Fish Conservation Network. .Download Invitation (PDF)

April 20: “The New Green is Blue”- David Guggenheim featured on “Philadelphia Agenda,” WOGL/CBS Radio: 1planet1ocean president David E. Guggenheim was featured on “Philadelphia Agenda” with Brad Segall in a 30-minute interview about ocean conservation during Earth Month Listen Now!

Outside Magazine: Red is the New Green: Cuba’s Environmental Record by Patrick Symmes (March 2008)

Associated Press: “Mightier than the pen?: Fish farms on land are future… by Vicki Smith (March 2, 2008) Appears in the following (under various titles):

MSNBC: Traveling in a Post-Fidel Cuba by Christopher Elliot (February 21, 2008)

Copley News Service: Ecotourism Tips: How to make your next vacation a green getaway by Chandra Orr (February 2008) [PDF]

The New York Times: Conserving Cuba, After the Embargo by Cornelia Dean (December 25, 2007)

National Geographic’s Green Guide: Fish Out of Ocean Water by Emily Main (July/August 2007 #121)

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For Immediate Release: April 1, 2008

Dr. David E. Guggenheim, president of 1planet1ocean, will be available for interviews for these upcoming ocean-related dates:

June 5, 2008: World Environment Day (United Nations Environment Programme)
Suggested topic: The New Green is Blue: What the Oceans are Telling Us and Why it Matters.

June 8, 2008: World Ocean Day (Created in 1992 at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro)
Suggested topic: The New Green is Blue: What the Oceans are Telling Us and Why it Matters.

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