Linking the Caribbean and the rest of the World by our Fingertips

By Quisha Pascal

“Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack of shelter. Poverty is being sick and not being able to see a doctor. Poverty is not having access to school and not knowing how to read. Poverty is not having a job, is fear for the future, living one day at a time” ~The World Bank Organization.

Under the Carisealand Project, I was given the task at hand to research the topic, Community Poverty and Environmental Justice. Further research was done, focusing on poverty throughout the Commonwealth of Dominica. The research was conducted on this last semester and was presented. However, this semester some necessary changes were made to the project as more information was added and I also extended my research towards the rest of the Caribbean. 

This semester, the final semester of the school year 2019-2020 we the Create interns were allotted the task of through our assignments to pitch into the Carisealand Project. We were tasked with the responsibility of placing coordinates from different key locations in the Caribbean into the arc gis software. We also had to ensure the coordinates plotted matched the location on the map. 

Difficulties that arose while working on this project as it was the first time using the software, arc gis. I learned so many things while working on this project that I didn’t know before. One thing I learned was how to successfully plot the coordinates in order for it to be visible on the map, after watching an extremely helpful tutorial. While plotting i stumbled onto another problem as the previous point plotted was no longer visible when i started plotting the next coordinates.  I soon realized that I had to click save after each plotted coordinate in order for them to be all visible. I haven’t fully apprehended all of the information there is to know about arc gis but in due time I will. Another problem faced was finding the time out of my hectic schedule to work on this project. Time management is very vital and it is something that I’m actively working on as this is my last semester at the Dominica State College and the amount of work to do has quadrupled. Working on this project has really assisted in broadening my horizons as I learn how to use extremely cool software since I’m not so tech-savvy. 

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