in mangroves there is life
In mangroves there is lifePosted: 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.
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 surviveBy students of CE 2B
Be my messenger
Teach them to love me, respect me, protect me
I would love to be everybody's friend.
Les Flamboyants School
Liyama Atikah Binti Mohd. Noh.
Age 10, Malaysia
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
Age 6, New Caledonia
Mangrove Action Project