Mia Baard

My name is Mia Baard and I am a logger /longboarder and Grade 3 teacher living in Port Elizabeth. I believe I would make a good (Ocean Watch) ambassador as I’m already in a great position to teach the youth about conservation and looking after the environment. I spend a lot of time in the sea and on the beach as a surfer. It means a lot to me to keep this environment as clean and healthy as possible. I’m passionate about helping create awareness of the importance of looking after the ocean and its animals. 71% of the planet is the ocean and therefore I feel like it should be at the top of the list because without it, life would not be the same. We need to protect it, and we need to teach current and future generations about how to preserve the ocean environment and animal life. At the moment I teach children a life skills subject that involves areas of conservation, covering pollution and recycling solutions. We also do excursions to SAMREC, a rehabilitation centre for injured penguins and other seabirds, as well as beach cleanups. I also support the local reserve where we surf. They do bigger scale conservation programmes. I’m honoured to be nominated for this award and am glad that these kind of opportunities are available for surfers.