FROM THE EDITOR
Island. The word conjures up images of palm-bedecked beaches, gleaming sand, pellucid turquoise water, birds twittering in the trees and fish swirling on dazzling reefs – in short, paradise.
But islands are so much more than dream holiday destinations: These are fragile ecosystems and, unfortunately, many are under threat – subjected to pressure from runaway tourism and pollution, but also by rising sea levels. Island nations like the Maldives and Kiribati are already making plans to relocate their people in the coming decades.
Importantly, islands are vital oases in (generally) nutrient-poor expanses of ocean. They may appear to be isolated pockets of life, but the coral reefs surrounding them are the living, pulsing heart of the interconnected seas, and are often havens to which the waters’ wildlife comes to feed, breed and be cleaned.
As the poet said, “No man is an island”; all are interconnected. Well, judging by the way life works in the waters off these tiny specks of land, perhaps we can say that no island is really an “island”, either…?