"As an ecologist, I have dedicated my career to understanding the impacts of global changes on nature and people, and to finding solutions. As a public servant, I work to implement solutions, raise awareness and provide people with information to make informed decisions – all grounded in science. As a mother, and a grandmother, I passionately want to leave a healthy blue planet for future generations." This is from the statement of Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, NOAA Administrator and winner of the international environmental award, the 2011 Blue Planet Prize. M.J.
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