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Former CADS PhD student MacDonald on climate change in Dutch tv show

Stacey MacDonald, former CADS PhD student, is working as advisor for World Wide Fund for Nature in Bonaire. In the Dutch tv-programme 'NOS Amalia and the Dutch Caribbean' Stacey shows the impact of climate change on the coast, coral and culture.

The live broadcast NOS Amalia and the Dutch Caribbean is a look back at the visit of King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Princess Amalia to the Caribbean in January 2023. It also features several reports and talks on slavery history and climate. From 28:35, Stacey Mac Donald's item can be seen via npostart.

Unsustainable building

In the item, Stacey talks about the problems people face in Bonaire due to climate change. For example, many houses are being built right on the coastline, mostly by rich Dutch people. This looks beautiful, but it is not sustainable to build like this. Climate change will cause more violent storms with higher waves. The houses placed there will most likely disappear in the future.

Fishermen on Bonaire

The second concern facing Bonaire is marine warming. This is a problem for fishermen. Currents change and this affects fishing. Stacey points out that there is little help for fishermen on Bonaire. The Netherlands is looking at how to make the Netherlands resilient. But the islands, part of the Netherlands, are often forgotten.

Re-watch NOS Amalia and the Dutch Caribbean with Stacey Mac Donald.

Stacey Mac Donald spent four years researching the impact of social and political change and the (post)colonial context on nature conservation in the Dutch Caribbean. Read more about her dissertation 'Life in Paradise'.

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