Work takes my team to some of the coastal communities living on various islands in the gorgeous-in-the-monsoons Sundarbans area. This particular project, Fish for the Future, is central to the philosophy of protecting and inspiring. The aim is to raise awareness among women and children specifically, about what is being fished for, what is endangered and what needs to be protected, in the Bay of Bengal. I have to admit that there is a better understanding of conservation here than I have ever known in any boardroom meeting. These communities live with their life and livelihood being constantly at risk - climate change related issues, abject poverty, a growing Rohingya population, difficult weather, limited resources and diminishing fish stocks. The impacts of ‘plastic in the sea’, ‘climate change’ and ‘overfishing’, are real threats and mean more than words can explain.
I’m not the best at working with children, but even I know that if despite a cyclone warning, torrential rain, and sickening humidity these monkeys can pose for photos and still manage tell the different species of sharks, rays and dolphins in this sea, there is more hope in the future than we think. #hope #fieldwork #conservationist #environmentaleducation #conservationstories #policychallenges #fielddays #coastalcommunities #fishforthefuture #sundarbans #sharksandrays @thewcs