For those living in the low slung islands of the Seychelles the realities of climate change strike perilously close to home. Roughly 80% of the population and economic activity is located in coastal areas, while the main airport and fishing port are both at risk to even a small rise in ocean levels. It’s an issue that resonates at the highest levels of local government, with the Seychelles taking the dramatic step of naming an Ambassador for Climate Change, Ronald Jumeau, who is based at the United Nations in New York. Unlike other countries, the Seychelles doesn’t have the resources to invest in defenses against the rising tides, so a policy of education and enlightenment was deemed the best path forward. With most in close proximity to the coast, many of the nation’s hotels and resorts are playing a leading role in the charge for sustainability, championing eco-friendly practices and conservation. One resort showing remarkable results is Constance Lemuria, where a resident Turtle Manager presides over an innovative preservation program.