Though not on our home turf, we must all join in this fight to save our planet's endangered species. With programs like Planet Earth, Life, and The Secret Life of Elephants gracing our screens, physical distance no longer excuses apathy.
Water is the thread that runs through all of the world's biggest challenges: food security, health issues, fair access to energy, truly sustainable economic growth, education and of course, the welfare of women and children.
Given that most East Coasters live just a couple of hours' drive from great national parks and the Atlantic coast, this paucity of nature in our children's lives is hard to understand and harder still to accept.
After three days in D.C.'s Central Cell Block, I'll go to this weekend's big celebrations for the opening of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the Washington Mall with even more respect for MLK's calm power.
The legacy and achievements of Peter Douglas are all the things you don't see in the 1,100 miles of California coast; wetlands that haven't been filled, public access that hasn't been lost, scenic areas that haven't been spoiled.
More people die while driving to the beach than while at the beach, let alone from shark attacks. In fact, more people die every year from toilet-bowl products or run-ins with a bucket than shark attacks.