Nov 29 2010
The United Nations Climate Change Conference began today in Cancun, Mexico and will go through December 10th. It follows from the Copenhagen climate conference held last year. While a majority of people around the world are pinning their hopes on more progress in Cancun than in Copenhagen in terms of combating climate change, most of the world’s wealthiest nations are already failing to uphold promises they made last December. Among the many topics that climate activists hope will be discussed is the health of our oceans and the life they inhabit. Fossil fuel consumption results in massive, on-going infusion of Carbon Dioxide into the earth’s atmosphere, causing the planet to warm unnaturally. Even a rise of a few degrees can topple the ecological balance in our oceans. Coral reefs in particular, which are part of the richest eco-systems on the planet, are often referred to as the climate “canary in the coal mine.” Reefs have been dying at high rates for years now, alarming conservationists. Among those intimately concerned with the health of coral reefs, ocean biodiversity, and the dangers of the aquarium trade, is Robert Wintner. Wintner is a writer, photographer, small business owner, and environmental activist also known to those living in Hawaii – where he is based – as simply Snorkel Bob. Along with his Hawaii-wide chain of snorkeling equipment rentals, Wintner runs the Snorkel Bob Foundation, and is the author and photographer of the new book Some Fishes I Have Known.
GUEST: Robert Wintner, aka Snorkel Bob, Executive Director of Snorkel Bob Foundation, owner of Snorkel Bob stores across Hawaii, author and photographer of the new book Some Fishes I Have Known