WHAT IS WATERKEEPER ALLIANCE?
Waterkeeper ® Alliance is a network of clean-water advocates on six continents who are fighting on the front lines of the global water crisis. Waterkeepers work primarily with grassroots organizations that hold a stake in their local water body. These organizations are composed of concerned citizens who know that it is unfair for corporations and governments to abuse publicly-owned and used rivers, estuaries, bays, coasts and lakes. They know that such pollution has dire consequences for the health of humans and the world’s ecosystems. The goal of the Alliance is to bring solidarity, knowledge, training and legal tools to these organizations so that they can fight more effectively for environmental justice.
Frederick Smith, QC has had an extensive practice in human rights, constitutional, and administrative law. Mr. Smith is now very active in environmental protection litigation. He is the managing partner of the oldest law firm in The Bahamas, Callenders & Co in Freeport and is a director of Save the Bays.
Joseph is a native of Long Island, on of the islands of The Bahamas and has a passion for the environment of his beloved ‘Bahamaland’ that is unmatched. He is also President of Waterkeepers Bahamas and the Chairman for Coalition to Protect Clifton Bay aka Save the Bays. Joseph formerly taught at St. Augustine’s College and at Queen’s College, both in Nassau. He was also previously the Director of Workforce Development at the Grand Bahama Shipyard. He is fluent in French and is a Reiki Instructor.
Rashema T. Ingraham serves as both Bimini Coastal Waterkeeper and Executive Director of Waterkeepers Bahamas. Rashema is a certified paralegal who has 5 years of legal experience, working closely on environmental litigation matters. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of The Bahamas (now University of The Bahamas). It was her late grandfather who opened her eyes to the waterworld, taking her into his self-made canoes when she was much younger to catch fish and conch for the night’s enjoyment. She finds peace and tranquility in or near the water, so she spends most of her weekends at the beach with her two children.