By listening to the local communities, I learned that we cannot solve environmental problems without solving a spectrum of systemic issues.
Locals become fisherpeople and practice fish bombing because it is something they watched their parents do. Trapped in a cycle of poverty, many had limited capacity to obtain education and be exposed to the possibility of different career paths.
The islanders also dump trash into the sea because the remote island does not have access
to a waste management system. They don’t even get piped water. So they can’t bury the trash on the island and risk contaminating the groundwater they need for daily consumption.