10 May Marine life – a passion!
By Fara Barbon
Hello everyone! My name is Fara, I am a naturalist, and I am currently taking a master’s degree in Global Change Ecology. I had the amazing opportunity to be part of the Glocal Education project, an environmental education program that brought me to Furaveri Island, in the Raa atoll, Maldives. It was in this very small tropical island in the Indian Ocean where I witnessed some of the most beautiful natural creatures and landscapes I have ever seen: an experience that made me fall in love even more with the sea and marine life. My passion for diving allowed me to explore the reefs much closer and made me realize how severely this fragile ecosystem is threatened by human activities, pollution, and climate change. I have always felt we are to blame for the damage caused to our natural surroundings. Therefore, I believe it is very helpful and effective to raise awareness on this topic; in this sense the Glocal Education project helps promote a more sustainable and eco-friendly tourism and I am glad to have joined it by involving people of all ages and nationalities in excursions, tours, snorkeling and diving activities to rediscover the beauty of nature, encouraging a kinder behavior and respect towards the natural environment.