To tatou piringa tai - Love Your Coast
Our coastlines are significant and deserve attention!
- Coastlines have received our ancestors
- It is the connection with our past and future
- It is the connection with our ocean, our Pa Enua and other islands
- Coastline ecosystems provide habitat for animals and food for our people
- It entertains our children; and
- Is the foundation of our culture.
In fact, our whole island can be considered a coast because of the great connection between ridge and reef.
Yet, our coastlines are threatened and changing due to development, poor land management practices like dumping and littering, chemical use, poor sanitation, filling in nature’s drains (our wetlands) and climate change. That’s why our coastlines need attention; they need protection and proper management!
In 2013, the National Environment Service and its partners will use this campaign to support its many education/awareness and project initiatives, all of which will contribute to the protection of our coastlines.
Clean Up the World Rarotonga: