Guest blog by photographer, filmmaker and Safina Center Fellow, John Weller
Reversing overfishing, climate change, and population growth can seem insurmountable. Safina Center Fellows strive to amplify the global conservation discussion and, in targeted ways and places, overcome some of these obstacles. They bring a wide range of skills, engaging in every way from primary research to policy to popular media. They make a difference.
Where the rubber meets the road to change, the drive to redefine the future of our damaged oceans starts with the belief that progress is possible.
The story you are about to read from Safina Center Fellow John Weller and his partner Shawn Heinrichs reaffirms that belief. I am proud to introduce and be associated with their project, “The Guardians of Raja Ampat.” —Carl Safina
The Guardians of Raja Ampat: Community-Driven Conservation in the Heart of Indonesia
Lush vegetation clung to all but the steepest slopes of the towering islands. Their near-vertical walls hung over the sea, which had undercut the razor-sharp honeycombs of eroding rock. It was as if the spectacular bullet-shaped islands had erupted out of the bay and were frozen in time, hovering just above the surface. The landscape eluded words.