I can’t remember a time I didn’t love islands. I was born on one, lived on one for most of my life and even chose to work on one when I volunteered for the Peace Corps. In all of my island experiences the sea kept me close to nature with its tides, smells, sea life and beach life. The sea was always to be respected but rarely feared.
The theme of our second workshop is "Rebuilding Home." We thought you might want to know a bit more about what Spring has in store for "Rethinking Home: Climate Change in New York and Samoa"...
Climate change to me is hurricane Sandy, the most brutal storm I’ve ever had to endure. I studied climate change and it was an abstract concept happening all over the world that I wanted to stop, until it was in my own front yard.
The swerving traffic and the bright lights of New York City can sometimes be suffocating for a small island girl like myself. Moving from the island of Maui to the island of Manhattan for a college education, I had such a difficult time finding spaces where I can unwind and breathe. The numerous people and whizzing traffic can be overwhelming for a person that grew up with no public transportation and zero skyscrapers. In my homeland, the crashing waves and the smell of a light salty breeze in the air immediately calms me.