These and many others (plus a visit to Batang Ai) are an inspiration for moving forward - including, in the near term, to the annual meeting of Reef Conservation UK in London on 10 Dec, where Kristian Teleki of ICRAN and others will be present.
In my public remarks at IMES I referred to David Suzuki's reminder to me earlier that morning about the need for stories of hope and for solutions. There were, I said, lots of grounds for both, notwithstanding a grim overall picture for coral reefs. My self-appointed task was first to to try to distinguish real from factitious hopes second to get to grips with those stories. The big picture meant nothing without the details. As Josef Stalin said: one death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic.