Dan Abel receives awardDan Abel received the Horry Environmental Action Team's "Heat is On" Award for environmental justice and advocacy. Abel was given the second annual award early last month at Bee Riddle Farm in Conway.
Abel, professor of marine science and expert on sharks and rays, received the award on Oct. 1.
HEAT is a chapter of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, a grassroots organization founded on the principles of earth stewardship, environmental democracy, social justice and community empowerment. The local chapter was initially formed to address impacts of asphalt and concrete batch plants permitted in residential communities.
Vice President Janice Dowe presented the award to Abel at an outdoor event that included more than 50 guests.
The words of Goffinet McLaren, a citizen concerned with marine plastic waste, were read by HEAT member Ibrahim Ashie. In celebrating Abel's achievement she stated:
"We are truly grateful to Dr. Abel for his constant reminders that all is not right on this planet that we share with so many different forms of life...we are not all Dr. Abels, but we can help make a difference on the planet in our own small way."