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in mangroves there is life

In mangroves there is life

Posted: 25 Feb 2002

In 2001 children from 12 countries took part in an Art and Poetry contest organised by the Mangrove Action Project. The aim was to create awareness among children (in mangrove countries)
about mangrove ecosystems and their protection. Over 4,500 children took part. Here, we publish with kind permission, two of the winning poems and pictures.

The Mangroves

In my home live the happy animals, the crabs, the shellfish
In my home, the flying fish like to jump
In my home, birds love to rest in the trees
In my home, man finds good things to eat
In my home, all this little world lives happily

I protect the lagoons against the mountains
I protect the little ones against big predators
I protect the people against the angry waves

Then the children must help me against the wrong-doer
Who pollutes me, poisons me, contaminates me and destroys me.
That makes me very sick

Then the children must help me to survive
Be my messenger
Teach them to love me, respect me, protect me
I would love to be everybody's friend.

By students of CE 2B
Les Flamboyants School
New Caledonia

Liyama Atikah Binti Mohd. Noh. :: Age 10, Malaysia
Liyama Atikah Binti Mohd. Noh.
Age 10, Malaysia

The Mangrove

The mangrove forest has a mangrove.
The mangrove has a branch.
The branch has a bird
The bird, a little green fish.

A man passed with a machine.
Who knows why he passed!
He has taken the mangrove forest
With its mangrove and its branch
With its branch and its bird.
Its bird with its little green fish.

Maria Joser Jimenez Paez
10 years old
Unidad Educativa America Latina

Camille Battaglia::Age 6, New Caledonia
Camille Battaglia
Age 6, New Caledonia

Related link:

Mangrove Action Project

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