Reflection After Visiting Roatan

After all the gold was stripped and mass agricultural land privatized, the coral reef is the only untouched natural resource left for Hondurans. First-world environmentalists aim to protect the reef by keeping Hondurans from it. The American/Canadian investment in protecting the reef is about tourist consumption. The Honduran resistance, about feeding families and keeping culture.

I'm swimming in this conundrum of conscious environmentalism and neo-earth-friendly-colonialism. Me, American/first-world consumer of Honduran/third-world descent. I dove in the reef and came home to California. I met my blood sister, handed her money and left her to fight for the fishes.

Lulu Matute