Two college students from the Savaii villages of Iva and Salelavalu are fired up to save coral reefs from putting together a school project as part of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, Literacy Week.
Before the activities ended yesterday, 17 year old Jane Livi of Salelavalu and 16 year old Tavita Ioane of Iva, argued it is never too late to save the corals.
There is still time to start coral gardens to maintain the supply of food from marine resources that have benefited their villages for generations.
The Mataevave College students are convinced Samoans can undertake the crucial role to ensure that corals continue to safely provide shelter for marine life.
“Creating coral gardens is possible and seeing how climate change has affected our marine environment, we can always contribute by working towards creating programs to help provide safe environment for the corals,” Jane Livi has learned.
“This will help the growth of coral so they do not die and they always provide safe haven for smaller fish and will always be a safe place for fish to lay eggs and reproduce.”
Livi then added that her Salelavalu village relies heavily on the sea for a sustained supply of food.
The village seafront is rich in shell fish, sea cucumber and other varieties of shell fish.
She hopes that she becomes involved in a team project to revive coral reef.
“It is the sea that provides source of food and if we can help to come up with various ways to combat the increasing damages to reefs the corals will eventually die and this source of food will be cut.”
Her project partner Ioane shared similar worries. Coming from a village that has depended on the sea as a resource, he wants to be part of the solution.
“If we don’t find ways to respond effectively to the problems that is destroying our corals like pollution and other negative impacts, then we will soon see everything destroyed,” he worried.
“We should become part of the solution and work towards achieving an acceptable standard of protection for our sources of livelihood.
As Year 12 Science students, Livi and Ioane also hope that people become aware of the dangers of using chemicals to catch fish as they also do serious damages to the corals.
Livi and Ioane also hope that their voice of concern will reach the students showcasing their own projects this week in the annual MESC literacy, numeracy and science competition.
They want to see the others become motivated to do the same and influence their own communities.