A heck of a lot of #scicomm takes place on Twitter -- at least in the Global North— 🇲🇵 Angelo Villagomez (@taotaotasi) December 21, 2017
Pacific stories aren't being shared in the developed world -- and all your tweets aren't reaching the people who live near coral reefs
That would be a negative, ghost rider. It's shocking how few indigenous conservation professionals in the Pacific are on Twitter. This isn't to say that folks in the islands aren't conducting science communication; Most of the people I know in the Pacific are on Facebook, and many are on Instagram. But the communities they work in don't share information the way we do here in Washington, DC. But without Twitter, they're not using what I consider to be the most popular social network with funding and granting communities, as well as the big academic and NGO institutions in more developed countries. The topic of why this is could be an entire blog unto itself, so I'll just stop there and get on with it.
So I decided to make a list. I hope that this is just a preliminary list, because I could use your help identifying more people.
I do have a few caveats. I will only list people who are currently active on Twitter. So people who have one tweet in the last three months don't make the list. Neither do people who syndicate their Facebook or Instagram feeds to Twitter. I want to link to people that are active on Twitter. And this is meant to be a list of people from the Pacific who are working on conservation in the Pacific. But not everyone is a strict conservationist, a few are politicians who have championed environmental causes. And they don't have to necessarily be indigenous (there's a Jamaican Hawaiian Jewish American from the Marianas on the list). And they don't have to be currently in the Pacific, as long as they are still working on conservation or in school. I also recognize that there are a whole lot of expatriot conservation practitioners in the region, and many of them are on Twitter. This is not that list. I'm trying to make a distinction here with people who are from the region (apologies, I hope you understand).
So here we go, in no particular order, the list of Indigenous Pacific Conservationists to Follow on Twitter in 2018:
Hilda C. Heine, Marshall Islands. President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. First female leader in the Pacific. Passionate about education, women's rights and the climate change fight.
Proud to today become the first world leader invited to @JerryBrownGov’s California Summit next year. I will work with him as a ‘champion of ambition’ to ensure it helps deliver increased targets by national governments by 2020. https://t.co/oRsaD9gVLx… #OnePlanetSummit pic.twitter.com/MTgbnXQRFe— Dr. Hilda C. Heine (@President_Heine) December 12, 2017
Discussing communication, enforcement, resourcing and monitoring and evaluation at the last Bua Province Integrated Management Planning workshop in #fiji pic.twitter.com/favxTITLZp— Sangeeta Mangubhai (@smangubhai) November 23, 2017
Hōkūleʻa is home! ❤️🌊 pic.twitter.com/Bp1XJrdffG— Narrissa Spies (@nari27) June 17, 2017
.@FijiPM🎙️| "When it comes to combatting #ClimateChange, the whole world is in the same canoe-- and at @COP23, we have put that canoe on an excellent course. So let’s all leave #Bonn rededicating ourselves to completing this journey together." pic.twitter.com/c0URnHDakb— Frank Bainimarama (@FijiPM) November 18, 2017
Really enjoy serving as the faculty advisor for the @UOGTriton Green Army. These dedicated students inspire our campus and local community to live sustainably. #Guam #Sustainability #UOGGreen pic.twitter.com/YAH6oXDukh— Austin Shelton, PhD (@GuamCoral) November 21, 2017
President of Palau @TommyRemengesau announces the #Pacific region will host #OurOceans 2020 in Palau. @GLISPA_discuss @ForumSEC— Kate Brown (@KateBrownIsland) October 6, 2017
Support sustainable artisanal fishing practices: young fishermen checking their crab traps along the Suva waterfront. pic.twitter.com/RMEBLgWaQZ— Peter Thomson (@ThomsonFiji) December 19, 2017
Guam's Day Of Reckoning After Decades Of Sex Abuse https://t.co/ogFi9TfaeJ— Anita Hofschneider (@ahofschneider) October 4, 2017
Today was a good day 🦈 pic.twitter.com/W9ac2OwpjP— MoAnna Oposa (@annaoposa) December 4, 2017
Our Young leaders for #AUTSAL are super smart @AUTuni @SarahTrotmannz but are they getting taller every year ! pic.twitter.com/9JTRBuV7KN— Shelley Campbell (@shelley188) July 3, 2017
"At this point in my journey, I’m learning that there is no one way to protest." Latest blogpost- "After COP23: A Sevusevu in German Rain" https://t.co/YxOaS1mtys— Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner (@kathykijiner) December 5, 2017
This Pacific Island Is Caught in a Global Power Struggle (And It's Not Guam) https://t.co/BxMSJB4uCf via @NatGeo— Steven Johnson (@symbioseas) August 22, 2017
By golly!!! Is there no limit to this insanity?! https://t.co/vkoc910iTR— Arthur Irwing Sokimi (@ArthurIrwing) November 27, 2017
In October, I called out the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council due to improper lobbying. @NatGeo made mention of it in their article of the president's shrinkage of national monuments, including marine monuments.https://t.co/YfdhQfNcOW— Del. Kilili Sablan (@Kilili_Sablan) December 18, 2017