Author: Ella Holowesko
Caption: This photograph was taken at Tiger Beach off of Bimini, The Bahamas. My family, who are pictured swimming at the surface, spent the new year diving alongside the beautiful tiger sharks who reside in these waters. This picture offers a unique perspective of the sea as it is taken from the ocean floor, and captures the beaming light from the sun. When I look at this picture, I see the colors and meaning behind the Bahamian flag manifested in real life. The aquamarine colors of the sea against the golden sunshine demonstrates two of our most abundant natural resources that also compose our nations’ flag. When thinking of climate change, along with other threats to the ocean’s prosperity, it is concerning for many reasons including how it could impact the success of Bahamian natural and marine resources, like our fisheries and coral reefs. Not to mention, tourism fuels the entirety of Bahamian economy, and that sector is undoubtedly linked to our beautiful oceans. Lastly, upon engaging with the material from WW2: History of Climate/Water as well as Climate Change & Global Justice, I am reminded of the significance of our personal experiences with nature and how they impact our view of the environment. This photograph encompasses a peaceful and happy memory out in one of my home countries’ greatest gifts, the ocean.
Tags: Climate Change and Oceans