Anesh Mungur, a 14-year-old climate activist, remembers seeing a lot of seashells on the beaches of Mauritius when he was a kid with his family. However, when he returned to the archipelago to report on the effects of climate change, the soft sand along the edge of the Indian Ocean appeared lifeless. He believes that something is causing destruction on the island and that more needs to be done to safeguard it before it’s too late.

According to oceanographer Vassen Kauppaymuthoo, the number of seashells on the island has dropped by 60% in the last three decades. Climate change, as well as activities like overfishing, tourism, wastewater, and boat pollution, are to blame, according to him.

Mr. Kauppaymuthoo advises against collecting seashells from beaches since they help to prevent coastal erosion. Winds, waves, and sea currents have a tougher time moving the beach sand around because there are more shells. “Look at the shells, take photos of them – that way you can have fond memories and also knowing that you are saving them too,” he added.