[Nick Dorian, Amanda Sommi, Adrienne Larson, Lucas Conwell]
Although technology instantly connects our world, many environmental disasters are not readily communicated. The disasters that gain public attention often regard a charismatic species, like the giant panda, rather than the endangerment of mangrove forests, which are a critical component of Southeast Asia’s ecosystem. Mangrove forests provide a wealth of ecosystem services such as coastal protection and raw materials that support local Micronesian communities. Many mangrove forests suffer from the effects of global climate change and destructive shrimp farming. Both these processes destroy mangrove ecosystems, threatening an indispensible life force that sustains a vibrant community of native species, including humans. Conservation of mangrove forests is paramount to the welfare of both the local and global community.