@climatetrackerasia Ngayong World Seagrass Day, pag-usapan natin ang isa sa mga pinakamahalagang halaman sa laban kontra climate change, at ang taong nagsaliksik tungkol sa kahalagahan nito. Tara! Bigyan natin ng isang masaya at mainit na pagpupugay si Dr. Miguel Fortes at ang kanyang pag-aaral sa seagrass.#fyppppppppppppppppppppppp #climatetrackerasia #climatechange #contentcreatorshub #seagrass ♬ original sound - Climate Tracker Asia

Buhi | Profiles EP 1 – Dr. Miguel Fortes

Growing up in a coastal community in Leyte, I never fully grasped the pivotal role our coastal habitats—the mangroves, coral reefs, and seagrasses—play in mitigating climate change.

Among the three, seagrasses are the most understudied and underappreciated.

Like many, I thought seagrasses were the same as seaweeds! But they’re not. I overlooked seagrasses, perhaps they don’t show off their vibrant colors like coral reefs or have gnarled branches and magnificent roots like mangroves that remind me of the ents in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. But upon closer examination, seagrasses reveal their inner beauty and immense importance.

In this reel, we spotlight Dr. Miguel Fortes, whose groundbreaking research highlights the critical functions of seagrasses. These flowering plants serve as carbon sinks, play a significant role in marine life, enhance water quality, and act as natural shields that tone down the waves that reach our shores.

It’s somehow ironic that I captured the footage for this video at Manila Bay’s Dolomite Beach, known for causing unnecessary damage to ecosystems in the spirit of unethical beautification.

My hope is that in the future, we won’t need to reclaim land to make public coastal parks. May we learn to preserve and conserve natural ecosystems so that seagrasses can thrive once again.