Artist StatementIn New Zealand, you’d be hard-pressed not to come across a local who hasn’t had an experience with a poisoned waterway. A primary culprit of this is farm waste leading into our oceans, lakes, and rivers leading to algae mutations that toxify the area, poisoning its aquatic life, domestic animals and - in freshwater - drinking water. “Clean and Green New Zealand”s algal blooms serve as a visceral reminder of the symbiotic relationship we share with our natural environment.
The FocusCoastal development
While it’s hard for an individual to control human population growth and the decisions of landowners and construction companies, you can take small steps to support the restoration and protection of coastal habitats by:
- Supporting the creation of nature reserves and Marine Protected Areas, where development is limited and fishing is prohibited.
- Being a conscious consumer. Buy organic produce grown without pesticides, fertilizers, and other toxic chemicals.
- Supporting legislation that bans the dumping of sewage and chemicals into the oceans.
- Opposing new developments that disregard the health of coastal ecosystems and are poorly planned.