Overfishing demands that we show empathy
By Madeleine Steele (Westover School)
Since I was a small child, I’ve loved the ocean and marine life. When I was in 8th grade, I wanted to make a documentary short film about overfishing in Maine. The project never came together, but this year I was able to bring this idea to life.
Last school term I took a photography class called “Pixels with a Purpose” in which we chose any issue that we thought needed to be discussed in our school community and beyond. I saw this class as an opportunity to fulfill my dream of bringing awareness to overfishing.
I loved how the class gave the art of photography the power to open people’s minds and inspire change. My hope with this particular series is to encourage everyone who sees it to make more sustainable purchases and think more about their impact on the state of marine environments worldwide.
Throughout my series I use images of sushi to make a statement about how harmful eating seafood caught using unsustainable fishing methods is on the local marine ecosystems. I want viewers to think about where they are buying their fish from and if they are supporting the right kinds of practices.
Madeleine Steele is in her final year at Westover School in the U.S. state of Connecticut. She is interested in international business, international relations and global affairs. She plans to study international business in The Netherlands next year and to one day start her own international company or eco-tourism company. She grew up mostly in Maine but was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa for several years.