Tribute To Solene Smith – An Unwavering Ocean Defender Of The West Coast

The Green Connection mourns the loss of Solene Smith – sister, activist, leader and spokesperson of the fishing community of the West Coast, dedicated to protecting our oceans that coastal communities, like hers, depend on. “Solene’s legacy is one of tireless activism and unwavering commitment. She was a stalwart defender of the West Coast, standing against offshore oil and gas exploration and leading the charge to stop the threat of Karpowerships. Her passion for preserving the ocean’s bounty was matched only by her determination to safeguard the livelihoods of small-scale fishers, especially the women who are the backbone of the industry. For Solene, the ocean was not just a resource, it was her heritage, to be cherished and protected for future generations. Her legacy as a guardian of the ocean will continue to inspire and guide us in the ongoing fight for environmental justice,” says The Green Connection’s Strategic Lead Liziwe McDaid.

Smith’s unwavering dedication to environmental activism extended far beyond her individual efforts. She stood firmly alongside her community, advocating for change and challenging the status quo. From protesting on the beaches to championing causes in the courtroom, Solene’s presence was a testament to her commitment to protecting the oceans and the livelihoods of those who depend on them. Her passion for her community and the ocean was not merely a cause, it was a deeply personal mission, driven by a desire to leave behind a world where future generations could thrive.

Neville van Rooy, The Green Connection’s Community Outreach Coordinator, reflects, “Solene was more than just an activist. She was a leader, a voice for the voiceless, and a guardian of our oceans, and her impact extends far beyond her immediate community, inspiring the new generation of activists and resonating with countless individuals whose lives she touched. Her absence leaves a void in the fight for environmental justice, but her legacy will continue to guide and inspire us.”


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