Little Mermaid Making a Conservation Splash

Little Mermaid Making a Conservation Splash

This article is adapted and based almost entirely on a story by Elene Peradze, on the IMPAKTER Platform and Magazine website.

The  Cook Islands team from the National Environment Service and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration have just returned from a very important trip to Paris.  They were negotiating something of critical importance to us all,  a new treaty on plastics.  This provides us an opportunity to discuss the recent release of a movie adaptation of a well known children's classic tail, “The Little Mermaid”.  While the movie is very loosely based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale and more similar to the earlier Disney animation, it now includes messages about plastic pollution, marine biodiversity, and climate change.

A review  article in IMPAKTER  “explores how the film intertwines mesmerizing themes of ocean conservation, plastic pollution awareness, sustainable resource use, and climate change recognition, offering a unique platform to initiate discussions, raise awareness, and advocate for a more sustainable world.”

The little mermaid, Ariel’s pursuit of a cleaner ocean resonates deeply with our shared responsibility to address the issue of plastic pollution. The film portrays Ariel’s fascination with human artifacts discovered in her underwater cave, shedding light on the detrimental impact of human activities on the environment. Through this narrative thread, the movie encourages viewers to reconsider their reliance on single-use plastics and embrace sustainable waste management practices. Driven by the mermaid’s determination and the film’s powerful imagery, audiences are compelled to take action, combat plastic waste, and strive for a cleaner, healthier ocean.

The film also depicts vibrant coral reefs full of diverse marine life.  This is meant to make the audience aware of the significance of ocean conservation and preserving marine biodiversity. Through awe-inspiring underwater visuals and captivating characters, the movie fosters an appreciation for these delicate ecosystems and highlights the urgent need for their protection. By showcasing the ocean’s wonders, “The Little Mermaid” nurtures a profound connection with nature and inspires viewers to become guardians of our seas.

In the underwater realm ruled by King Triton, “The Little Mermaid” underscores the importance of responsible and sustainable resource use. Triton’s wisdom and deep concern for his kingdom’s well-being are potent symbols for responsible practices. The film advocates for sustainable fishing, renewable energy, and the preservation of natural ecosystems by showcasing the harmony between marine life and the ocean’s resources. As viewers witness Triton’s leadership, the movie prompts introspection about our choices. It inspires us to adopt sustainable practices in our daily lives, safeguarding the long-term health of our planet. This is particularly relevant to us here in the Cook Islands, as three mining companies currently explore how they can maximise their profits by mining our deep seabed for minerals.  We need to know much more about what may be lost forever before considering allowing any mining of our deep seabed.

“The Little Mermaid” also serves as a lens through which we can explore the repercussions of climate change on underwater ecosystems. As the characters navigate the challenges of a rapidly changing world, the film sheds light on the perils of rising sea temperatures, ocean acidification, and coral bleaching. Addressing these pressing environmental issues, “The Little Mermaid” urges viewers to recognize the significance of collective action and individual choices in mitigating climate change. It ignites conversations, advocates for sustainable solutions, and empowers us to safeguard the delicate balance of underwater ecosystems.

“The Little Mermaid” weaves a captivating tale while seamlessly incorporating vital sustainability messages. Through its portrayal of ocean conservation, plastic pollution awareness, sustainable resource use, and climate change recognition, the film provides a compelling platform to promote sustainable values. By embracing the movie’s lessons and taking action, we can forge a brighter, more sustainable future for our planet and future generations.


The Little Mermaid is currently showing here at the Empire Cinema until next Thursday so do make an effort to go along with your children. It may help build a greater appreciation for our amazing Moana Nui o Kiva.