By giving a face to the victims of drone strikes abroad, a powerful new art project is forcing U.S. drone pilots and policy makers to ponder the deadly consequences of one of America’s key counterterrorism programs. Two weeks ago, artists gathere…
Lawsuit Could Save Thousands of Sea Turtles
by Amanda Keledjian
On March 1, the sea-turtle nesting season officially began in Florida, with the wondrous appearance of leatherback sea turtles returning to lay their eggs. Later this spring, loggerhead and green sea-turtles will follow suit, flocking to Florida’s beaches in large numbers. The state is an important destination for these marine reptiles; of the seven different sea-turtle species in the world, five call these warm waters home at some point during their migrations. In fact, Florida’s beaches host more nesting turtles than any other state.
Driven by an incredible instinct to return to the same beaches where they themselves were born, these turtles might not know that they are swimming into waters used by shrimp trawlers, one of sea turtles’ most dangerous and deadly obstacles.
Shrimp trawlers in the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. southeast Atlantic kill or injure an estimated 53,000 sea turtles — every year — as the ships tow huge nets the width of football fields slowly through the water, trapping almost everything in their wake.
These nets pose a significant danger to the sea turtles, a vulnerable population. Sadly, all five sea-turtle species are considered threatened or endangered with extinction in the United States. This is why, last month, Oceana and three other groups filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. federal government, urging it to accurately analyze the impacts of shrimp trawls on sea turtles…
(read more: Live Science)
photos: Projeto Tamar Brazil/ Marine Photobank and NOAA
Refugio Romelia (for short) is a small wildlife refuge located near Montezuma, Costa Rica. I am blessed to have volunteered with them for one year in total, working as a research assistant and field coordinator for two 6 month periods. My primary work was focused on the Romelia Sea Turtle Conservation Project, which involved patrolling the beach for nesting turtles, watching the hatchery, releasing baby turtles, and working on other projects vital to the refuge such as trail maintenance and beach cleans.
As a volunteer, you live in a large open-air house surrounded by mango trees, palms, and troops of Howler monkeys and White-Faced cappuchins. There is plenty of time to explore the jungle, swim in the river, lay on the beach, and enjoying the simple life is mandatory – Romelia does not have electricity and is a 30-minute walk from the closest town.
I cannot recommend them more for volunteering and supporting. For more information on Refugio Romelia, how to volunteer and to see more pictures, you can visit:
Instagram: Refugio Romelia
A great video on the work of a non-profit called The Beehive Design Collective. Check them out!
The Beehive Design Collective is a non-profit artist collective dedicated to providing copyright free materials for education and organizing tools. They most recently completed a mural called “Mesoamerica Resiste” which illustrates the effects and process of globalization in the Americas.
For more information, or curious about ways you can help, check out their website - www.beehivecollective.org. They are a great volunteer opportunity as well!
This is a piece entitled Avião by a group of Havana-based artists called Los Carpinteros. The airplane looks as it if were shot at from below by hundreds of arrows. The artists create pieces that focus on the relationship between art and society. They use a lot of recycled materials and are extremely talented. You can check out their website - https://www.loscarpinteros.net.
My original interpretation, before reading more about the piece and artists, was a statement on globalization and the infiltration of technology and the western world on communities who did not want or welcome it. As a traveler from the United States, I am constantly engaging in conversations with people in communities who have seen or felt a negative impact because of neoliberal policies and US involvement in their country.
What do you think?