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Cast down your bucket where you are

December 19 2007 | Jim's Blog,
by Jim

I was listening to a few historic speeches the other day (I’m a podcast junkie) and came across Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Compromise Speech.

It was a great speech but one vignette stood out to me, it was the following...

“A ship lost at sea for many days suddenly sighted a friendly vessel. From the mast of the unfortunate vessel was seen a signal: “Water, water. We die of thirst.” The answer from the friendly vessel at once came back: “Cast down your bucket where you are.” A second time, the signal, “Water, send us water!” went up from the distressed vessel. And was answered: “Cast down your bucket where you are.” A third and fourth signal for water was answered: “Cast down your bucket where you are.” The captain of the distressed vessel, at last heeding the injunction, cast down his bucket and it came up full of fresh, sparkling water from the mouth of the Amazon River.”

It reminded me of the daily challenge we have with inspiring a movement of coastal care to the general population and that sometimes the answers we seek are not as far away as we might think they are. In many ways people that live along the coast have already been given a pithy list of to-dos. In fact I tend to feel like we, and the plethora of environmental organizations like us, are broken records on those messages.

Maybe we’re not. Maybe we just need to say the same thing four times.

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