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Seychelles Green Issues

The threats caused by climate change will have significant impacts on Seychelles in the short, medium and longer term on infrastructure, agriculture, fisheries, tourism, energy and water security, biodiversity, waste management and on human health and well-being.

It is critical that Seychelles take measures to better understand the threats and begin longer-term planning for adaptation...

Sea-level Rise Is Here and Now

Each time the Seychelles’ roving ambassador for climate change returns home to the islands, he notices new clumsy piles of rocks disfiguring the beaches. Local people are blowing up the mountains inland, using the rocks to protect the sand from being swept out to sea by storm surges.

“I will be in New York three or four months, go home and see the beach and will ask people: ‘What happened?’”, said Ronald Jumeau, the ambassador for climate change who is based at the United Nations mission. “And they will say: ‘Well, we had a storm, and the storm surge swept away the beach, so we had to put rocks down to protect it.”

The half a degree difference between the aspirational target of 1.5C – included in the draft text with the internationally agreed goal of 2C – is critical for small, low-lying coastal states.

Via The Guardian (2015) / 'Staying Alive' in the Seychelles


A Story of a Man Who 'Retired' to a Small Island in the Seychelles

For 13 thousand dollars, Englishman Brandon Grimshaw bought a tiny uninhabited island in the Seychelles and moved there forever. When the Englishman Brandon Grimshaw was under forty, he quit his job as a newspaper editor and started a new life.

By this time, no human had set foot on the island for 50 years. As befits a real Robinson, Brandon found himself a companion from among the natives. His Friday name was René Lafortin. Together with Rene, Brandon began to equip his new home. While René came to the island only occasionally, Brandon lived on it for decades, never leaving. By oneself.

For 39 years, Grimshaw and Lafortin planted 16 thousand trees with their own hands and built almost 5 kilometers of paths. In 2007, Rene Lafortin died, and Brandon was left all alone on the island.

He was 81 years old. He attracted 2,000 new bird species to the island and introduced more than a hundred giant tortoises, which in the rest of the world (including the Seychelles) were already on the verge of extinction. Thanks to Grimshaw's efforts, the once deserted island now hosts two-thirds of the Seychelles' fauna. An abandoned piece of land has turned into a real paradise.

A few years ago, the prince of Saudi Arabia offered Brandon Grimshaw $50 million for the island, but Robinson refused. “I don’t want the island to become a favorite vacation spot for the rich. Better let it be a national park that everyone can enjoy.”

And he achieved that in 2008 the island was indeed declared a national park.

-- Via Facebook, 2022, a Memory of a Man, an Island...

... A Life that Made a Difference...

“A Grain of Sand — One Man and an Island”



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