/Tag: Bahamas


2 12, 2020

Sea Change: Behind Bahama’s Plastic Ban

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In this article, we meet Kristal Ambrose, a 30-year-old ocean pollution advocate in the Bahamas. She successfully led the efforts, along with the Bahamas Plastic Movement, to pass a ban on single-use plastics in the country. Despite this achievement, Ambrose remains committed to tackling the larger issue of plastic pollution and consumer waste in general, striving for a zero-waste future. The article also emphasizes the disproportionate impact of petrochemical plants that pump out single-use items on communities of color and the need for climate justice. Ambrose's work showcases women's resistance and resilience in environmental and social justice, while also underscoring the importance of involving young people in sustainability initiatives. Photo credits: Ahmed Areef / Getty Images

17 04, 2017

Kristal Ambrose Recruits Kids To Purge Plastics In The Bahamas

2017-09-21T16:41:16-04:00Tags: |

An expedition to the Marshall Islands with the 5 Gyres Institute to free the oceans of marine plastics served as sparkplug for 27-year-old scientist Kristal Ambrose of the island of Eluethera in the Bahamas. Upon her return, she began hiring local students for beach cleanups, and thus the Bahamas Plastic Movement was born. She now successfully runs a 5-day youth summer camp, training and educating the younger generation on plastic pollution and trawling for plastic waste on the island. Photo credit: Elyse Butler

21 05, 2015

Martha Davis: A Champion For The Queen Conch

2017-10-25T23:09:48-04:00Tags: |

Martha Davis established Community Conch in 2009, an organization that conducts surveys, raises awareness and works toward reversing the decline of the Caribbean queen conch population. Despite NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Services’ study which indicated that the queen conch population was stable and therefore did not require protection under the US Endangered Species Act, Martha and her organization demonstrated that there was a problem of inadequate densities of queen conch reproduction in the Bahamas, grave issue of illegal poaching of the conches, and sparse populations near human settlements. This continued work has allowed them to garner support from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, and the Smithsonian field station along the Florida Coast. Photo credit: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute