How do these changes affect you?
Witnessing how Bonaire’s coral reefs are dying is very difficult to me. The reefs are very fragile: heavy rainfall can already endanger coral reefs because of dirt from the land ending up in the sea, suffocating coral. Luckily, there are projects that protect the coral reefs around Bonaire, but these are still baby steps – I think we need to adjust laws at a quicker pace to be able to protect nature. An example is the use of non-biodegradable sunscreen that should be banned sooner than later. Although small steps are being taken, I think the local government must consider sustainability as a higher priority and take more decisions based on protecting the environment.
What do you do to contribute to healthier oceans?
I try to make people aware of the beauty and vulnerability of nature through my photos. This way, I hope to motivate them to take better care of our natural environment. For my latest project Bonaire in 50 Pictures I share a photo of the island every day for 50 days: tropical beaches, dumped garbage, local fishermen and carnival celebrations – it’s all part of the life on Bonaire. By visualizing each aspect of the island, I want people to admire Bonaire more and stimulate them to take care of the island.