The first thing you should know about the Marshalls is that they feel like they are in the middle of nowhere. It takes about 2 days to travel out here (from the East Coast US), but the destination is absolutely worth it. Hopefully after seeing and learning about the Marshall Islands and what this island nation is losing from climate change, you will feel the same way and share the knowledge with others.
The Marshall Islands are about halfway between Hawaii and Australia and are made up of low-lying coral atolls and islands. These islands face a variety of problems from climate change from sea level rise to ocean acidification. The rising sea intrudes into the shallow water lenses that provides water for the people living here and also threatens to destroy homes and the islands itself. The coral reefs that provide food face destruction from the rising temperatures and increased acidity from an increase in the CO2 in the water.
While I am out here I plan to document the troubles the people here face from the changing environment and share their stories. I want to show people the beauty of the islands that will disappear as we continue to pollute the Earth.
So below are some of my favorite shots I have gotten so far, all while snorkeling off of my island, Kwajalein.
I will be posting more about what I see here in the Marshalls over the next few weeks as well as reporting conditions on the water salinatization, sea level rise, coral bleaching, and more!
Clemson Geopaths Intern