Ocean Health Activist, Zoe
Our CKNZ Ocean Health Activist, Zoe, is most passionate about the health of the ocean. She said "It needs help because oil and other pollutants can destroy all parts of the ecosystem (plants, algae, fish and dolphins the whole food chain)."
Zoe is the Eco Hero at school, which means helping to make her school as environmentally and friendly as possible, for example planting native trees, recycling, ensuring no rubbish is put down the drains as they all lead to the ocean. She also wrote a poem about the state of our seas and won the Seaweek competition run by DOC on 2013.
The topic Zoe is most passionate about is the health of the ocean. She mentioned that over fishing can decrease the fish population meaning less food for dolphins and other marine animals. People living close to the sea and visiting can affect the ecosystem because people will be using boats which can cause noise which affects the natural behaviour of marine animals, also people’s natural curiosity can disturb the animals and in some cases hurt or kill them from propellers and /or stress. Wash from boats can damage the shoreline. Light/noise pollution from houses and people encroaching on the shoreline are forcing animals away from these areas eg. seals, sea lions. Warmer sea temperatures caused by global warming are affecting marine ecosystem, currents, reefs and natural migrations.
What she dreams of doing is by helping to educate people on the health of the ocean and why we need to care for it. She would do this by drawing posters, writing a newspaper articles about topics like picking up rubbish and disposing of it correctly (even if it isn’t yours), putting signs or sculptures of fish or marine animals by drains to remind people that all drains lead to the sea. Try to educate people on limiting their fish catch to what they need “Limit your catch not catch your limit”, this is also important for commercial fisheries. Educate people on the importance of global warming and that everyone can do their part in reducing their carbon impact, reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible.
Zoe's poem about the state of our seas (Seaweek 2013)
So full of life is the sea,
it's a fascinating place to be.
Amongst the shimmering waves,
are mountains, valleys and caves.
The moon's been explored more,
than parts of the ocean floor.
In the depths are fish rarely seen,
bizarre creatures, some fat, some lean.
Varied sea beds, dazzling shells,
turbulent tides, currents and swells.
When volcanoes and seaquakes rumble,
the sea becomes a jumble.
Sea birds swoop and dive for fish,
creatures stalk and wait for a tasty dish.
Beautiful fish wave their scaly tails,
playful dolphins, migrating whales.
What do we do around the sea?
We also swim, play and fish for tea.
We take it for granted every day,
that it'll always be this way.
But we need to stay alert,
for the damage we do and the hurt.
We pollute, over fish, damage the shores,
we have to stop before extinction soars.
So please respect the sea,
let the creatures live and be.
Once the damage is done,
it won't be as much fun.
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