Anthony Bloom

In the long run it is better to look at the big picture than be swept into the intricacies and complexness on little things.
Yet, to understand such a large and complex "big picture," the marine ecosystem and its surroundings,
the little things are what defines the ecosystem. For example, the smallest lichen; to a rodent;
to a bear; to a salmon; to the killer whale, all benefit and are affected by changes in the environment and each other.
I have learned that we should not litigate on the matters that are affecting each one of these organisms,
but educate the people who do not have an understanding of the effects we have on our ecosystem as a whole. 

It is easy to watch TV, or read, or even hear about chance whale sightings, or encounters with bears,
or see a majestic bald eagle caress the sky, but it is extremely invigorating when it happens to me as a person and in our group.
 It was best quoted that "two species cross paths in a chance encounter." It is also easy to become opinionated on an issue
such as the logging issue, it is not until you experience the "slaughterhouse" and the processing center that you can
hear both sides of a debatable story. 

It is easy to pass judgment on what you don't know, but it is hard to teach others of the lasting impression
an event either good, encountering killer whales, or bad that although the deforestation is a problem,
there is a concerted effort by the loggers, to take and give back to the forest. This is not always expressed
in the media we have come to know and love.

Learning is the first step, understanding is the second, and teaching is the third. Yet even with these three criteria,
practicing what you preach and involving others with you is the only gateway to conservation.

Anthony Bloom



Content provided by Canisius College students under the direction of Michael Noonan, PhD.