Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Whale watching

I just returned from this evening's Award Ceremony of this year's Equator Initiative Awards Ceremony, which I found quite inspiring. The prize given to small and indigenous communities from Africa, Asia and Latin America means a lot to those who receive them. This recognition gives them visibility and maybe even protection within their own countries.

Held at the American Museum of Natural History, the award ceremony took place during a dinner that was preceded by a policy forum about Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Climate Change.

Less than a month before the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity meets in Nagoya, Japan, this was certainly not considered to be the place to mention, let alone discuss the consequences for whaling of the detrimental impacts of climate change on cetaceans, especially in the Polar regions.

But when we were escorted to the ceremony venue after the policy forum, I thought it was cool that our dinner tables were installed under the Museum's famous life-size blue whale reproduction. Even though I was probably the only one present who made the link.

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