We’re so excited to share the good news that Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation is being recognized as a CNN Hero for his countless years of service to the coral restoration of the Florida Keys.
Ken is indeed worthy of great recognition! Having witnessed the transformation in the corals of the Florida Keys first hand over the past two decades, the implications are clear. The transformation we saw on a family trip inspired us to work together, alongside Ken, with groups of young teenagers on The Road Less Traveld to volunteer community service time and our collective passions to replant the delicate corals Ken has grown.
The changes to the reefs are indeed significant and dramatic. Our children, and their generation are the ones that will face the most difficult environmental issues of our time and will have the least hands-on exposure, appreciation and connection to the environment. All children can and should experience a deep connection with the natural world, even those living in traditional urban settings. The lessons learned on the ocean floor are indeed as important as those learned in a classroom and are vital, for the future of the environment and the development of the “whole child.” Young people can and do make a difference. Hats off to Ken in this much deserved recognition! And boy does Florida sound like a nice place to be right about now!