When I first came to Tofino in 2014, I was immediately in love.
I loved the oceans, the vast spaces, the abundance of sea life on the rocks and in the rock pools. This love has stayed and everytime that I come back to visit, it is like I have entered a new world. I am very excited to announce that I am moving back in May and I cannot wait to become part of the community again.
One of the great things about the Tofino community is the strong ties with the land and the desire to conserve this unique landscape. People here are very aware of the effects of fish farms, logging and oil tankers coming up and down the coast, and how they affect the fragile ocean ecosystems. Currently, the Pacific Rim Whale Festival is happening. It is a month dedicated to educating locals and tourists alike on the oceans and all that live there, but especially the whales. It also ties in with the annual migration of the whales back up to the frigid Arctic waters.
I have just gotten back from a fantastic talk by Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier. They are two photographic journalists that have dedicated their lives to showing the world the beauty of the oceans and all that live within them. Their passion for nature and protecting it is contagious and I now sit here in my room, feeling overwhelmed and sad at all that we are doing to our environment. Why do we need to be so greedy?
I know that there is a lot of greenwashing on the internet and it is impossible to go a day without seeing a environment destruction video on facebook, to the point where you just keep skipping them.
But when I saw Paul and Cristina talk and when I saw how the community that I love connected with their message and wanted to know more, you realise that these scary things are not in some far off country, they are just in our backyard.
Paul and Cristina are campaigning to have protected marine parks in Canada to allow for ocean life to regenerate. They are doing this through their powerful skills of photography to engage us with the lives under the surface that we cannot see. Currently, only 1% of Canada’s oceans are protected but if we all become aware of the issues of the oceans, we can campaign to try and get 20% by 2020.
All movements start from the ground and build themselves up so I leave you with a link of the beautiful videos that Paul and Cristina made for their non-profit organisation Sea Legacy.
I may be one person but from me writing this post for you, you can maybe start to become aware of what is happening to your oceans.
I really want to know if this resonates with you too? How do you feel about the health of our oceans?
Let me know below, much love, Olivia xx