Zachary Melanson – Islands of Change
The photographs and stories presented here are from the Island of Pemba Tanzania and it’s surrounding Islets. The isolated Island of Pemba has been inhabited for over 2000 years. The island, a fifth the size of P.E.I. and with over 400,000 inhabitants, is working to restore their degraded resources and adapt the way they grow food, create electricity and solve challenges. All this in the face of incredible new forces created by climate change.
I you ask the farmers and fishermen who live of the land. They speak readily of the transforming weather patterns, unpredictable growing seasons, and coastlines and fresh water wells threatened by increasing sea level rise. Unlike many parts of the world, climate change is very real for Pembans.
These photographs and voices tell the story of Pemba today. The challenges people are facing and the incredible resiliency, ingenuity and hope that is transforming Pemba into a model for sustainable community approach in East Africa and around the world. Pembans are perched on the edge of a changing climate and are becoming the experts in how to deal with and adapt to these changes.
Zachary Melanson is a photographer and co-founder of Community Forests International, a Sackville N.B. based Not for Profit Organization that works to help vulnerable communities adapt to climate change. For more information please visit www.forestsinternational.org