|Coral Reef at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. Photo credit: Jim Maragos/USFWS|
This morning, I read The Washington Post story -- http://wapo.st/1upyv3V -- chronicling President Barack Obama’s bold action to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, creating the world’s largest marine reserve fully protected from extractive commercial activity, including commercial fishing. As I read, my eyes focused on the beautiful and familiar photo of a colorful and vibrant coral reef at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. I’ve seen that picture many times. And then, I noticed the photo credit – Jim Maragos.
Jim is retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where he worked in the remote Pacific Islands as our coral reef ecologist. He was, and I’m sure still is, a passionate advocate for conservation of these special places. Seeing his photo gracing Juliet Eilperin’s story reminded me of Jim, and of this immortal quote by Margaret Mead:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.