Here's a nice little piece from the diving world in which a diver tells of how the term "shifting baselines" became the on-going theme for discussion during a 3 day dive trip. On board was a copy of Marty Snyderman's cover story on shifting baselines in the January issue of Dive Training magazine.
And this is what's so great about the term and the reason we have run this whole project which is basically a promotional campaign (in which, by the way, nobody makes any money) behind the term. You can talk about how things have changed, but bringing in this term helps everyone focus the discussion better and gives the whole subject a label as everyone ponders "what is natural?" "what are the baselines?" and "are there any truly pristine dive sites any more?"
A Catalina dive trip: perfect time to talk about shifting baselines.
Posted by Randy Olson at May 22, 2005 11:39 AM