The team from the Ministry of Marine Resources at their information booth - 21060818
Eight government agencies participated in World Oceans Day yesterday, sharing information and advocacy for environmental awareness under the theme ‘Life and livelihoods.’
World Oceans Day is held each year as a reminder of the huge
role the ocean plays in the livelihoods of human beings and the importance of
supporting and protecting the marine ecosystem, especially now more than ever.
Marae Moana, Seabed Minerals Authority, Ministry of Marine
Resources, the National Environmental Service, Ministry of Transport, Climate
Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Infrastructure Cook Islands all banded
together at the Maire Nui Drive to mark this day, each setting up individual
There were also a range of food stalls present and a
selected group of guest speakers which included Prime Minister Mark Brown and
Marae Moana ambassador Kevin Iro.
Students from Apii Avarua attended, accompanied by their
teachers and were given the opportunity to sit and listen to the Prime Minister
speak about the meaning behind World Oceans Day and the importance it holds.
“It is very important that these kids understand the
importance of World Oceans Day. A lot of our people underestimate firstly the
size of our ocean, the importance of our ocean, and the future potential of our
ocean,” Brown said.
He added that a lot of these kids would probably only think
of themselves on an island rather than thinking of their island as part of a
“It is a journey of learning and understanding for these
kids, and these booths we have here will hopefully give them a better
understanding of the role each agency does.”
PM Brown shared his hope that some seeds would be planted in
the minds of some of the students regarding future career options.
He also shared the significance of World Oceans Day
coinciding with the country’s budget breakfast held earlier that morning where
“diversifying the economy and turning towards the potential our oceans have for
the prosperity and livelihoods of the country was discussed”.