The climate change message.
THREE British journalists ? Lynn Morris, Tim Bromfield and Will Lorimer ? have joined the containership Safmarine Bayete for the second leg of the Atlantic Rising journey and to launch a novel message-in-a-bottle campaign.
The trio launched Atlantic Rising, an environmental education project to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on the Atlantic coastline, in the UK last September.
They then travelled to West Africa to talk to school children about climate change, before joining the Safmarine Nuba in Abidjan in Ivory Coast last month and from there travelling to Algeciras in Spain.
Then it was on to the Safmarine Bayete under the helm of Louise Angel, Safmarine"s first female master and the youngest in the Safmarine fleet. African specialist Safmarine is part of the AP Moller-Maersk group.
Midway between Africa and Brazil, the Atlantic Rising team will launch the capsule that contains the letters written by children in West Africa. The capsule has a tracker device that will emit a daily GPS position for the next two years.
Atlantic Rising said: ?Anyone interested in the capsule"s whereabouts can track it on www.atlanticrising.org.?
Atlantic Rising says the message-in-a- bottle initiative ?is a novel way of introducing students to ocean currents; it brings an international dimension to the classroom and encourages further communication between students in different communities.?
The journalists will arrive in Santos, Brazil, in March and then travel overland up the coast of South America, visiting schools and collecting letters from students for a second capsule that will be launched on Atlantic Rising"s return journey from Canada to the UK.
Allen ponders his next move
THAD Allen ended his last State of the Coast Guard speech at the National Press Club in Washington last week with a trademark farewell.
Replying to NPC president Alan Bjerga"s parting question on whether he would consider other forms of government service, such as heading up the Department of Homeland Security, Adm Allen said: ?With all due deference to my future peers around the room here, I have a saying that the smartest admirals I ever met are retired. I hope to increase my intelligence quotient on May 26 and become one of those.?
That is when Adm Allen"s four-year tenure as USCG commandant runs out. Already popular when he took over in 2006 as the public face of the USCG"s response to the previous year"s hurricanes, he became the steward of the agency"s massive modernisation.
Recalling his life, he said: ?I am a coast guard brat. My father was a seaman on a high-endurance cutter; he was not even there when I was born. I am 61 years old and I have had 47 addresses. So, some stability would not be bad for a while.?
Adm Allen appeared to discount government service, expressing a preference for non-profit organisations. His wit remained irrepressible: ?I am interested in doing the kind of work where it makes the most difference, in close consultation with my ethics lawyers.?