Haaziq Kazi speaks at TED-Ed Weekend - June 17, 2017, TED HQ, New York, NY. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED
Haaziq Kazi speaks at TED-Ed Weekend - June 17, 2017, TED HQ, New York, NY. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED
At the age of 12, Haaziq Kazi, Grade 7 student from Pune, is on a mission to give our aquatic and oceanic ecosystems a new lease of life

Mute suffering
“We humans are responsible for the brutal pain that is felt by the marine creatures due to the damage plastic waste is causing them. Marine life can become entangled in a variety of ocean debris including fishing nets, lines, and lures. There are a large number of creatures who get entangled in plastic bags or plastic packing bands leading to injury and death. These are all extreme and painful experiences and the mere thought of the suffering can be a traumatic process.”

Human power
“Humans have the power of both creating and solving problems, and I want to be in the latter category. We are accountable for the suffering of these animals and it is our right that we do something about alleviating the suffering that we have brought on these animals. I hope through ERVIS and like-minded projects, which are dedicated to cleaning the oceans, we will give marine life a new chance to live a life in harmony and without any pain and suffering that the ocean pollution has bequeathed on them.”

Haaziq Kazi speaks at TED-Ed Weekend – June 17, 2017, TED HQ, New York, NY. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED
Haaziq Kazi speaks at TED-Ed Weekend – June 17, 2017, TED HQ, New York, NY. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

ERVIS advantage
“ERVIS collects segregates and compacts the trash on the ship itself and bring it back to land. Once it is brought to land the compacted trash is then sent for recycling. The economics of recycling waste is huge and it would, in part, contribute to the running operation of the ships. In future, I want to make operation more efficient by segregating collector and transport ships and creating storage stations in the oceans itself.”

Biggest folly
“Our biggest folly is ignorance. We have allowed the problem to reach epic proportions. We don’t realise some of the choices we make of consumables eventually end up contributing to the problem.”

Haaziq Kazi speaks at TED-Ed Weekend – June 17, 2017, TED HQ, New York, NY. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED
Haaziq Kazi speaks at TED-Ed Weekend – June 17, 2017, TED HQ, New York, NY. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Future plans
“There are two distinct possibilities, one heading to disaster and one filled with hope. Eventually, the future of our marine ecology is in our hands. It is heartening to see the government and people getting conscious and taking meaningful measures to reduce the impact of the waste. Such initiatives like Ocean Cleanup Project or 4ocean or ERVIS will actively tackle and reverse the waste and will restore the balance for the marine ecology.”

Core message
“Through TEDxGateway December 2018, I want to spread awareness about the magnitude of the waste problem and the impact it has on the marine life. Also, I hope that I inspire people to think of ideas that can bring a positive change in
this world.”

(This 10th edition of the TEDxGateway sees over 20+ speakers from different walks of life sharing unique ideas that make them an inspiration the world over. Over 5500 attendees are slated to attend this feast of ideas and inspiration on December 2 at DOME @ NSCI Mumbai.)

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