Arts and Media

Sculptures of Ocean Plastic Raise Awareness for the Sea

Washed up plastics and marine garbage pose a threat to the ecosystems and animal lives they invade -- a problem which activists have worked to bring light to in recent years. While news and science are powerful mediums for conveying these messages, the work of artists has also played an important role in the sharing of concern for the state of the seas.

Aftermath of UK Music Festival is Garbage Nightmare

Summer music festivals are notorious for generating heaps of needless garbage, but the recently concluded Reading Festival left environmental disaster in its wake. According to an article by Paul Harris and Serena Esiri-Bloom, this year's Reading Festival generated approximately 150 tons of garbage, which was left scattered on the camp grounds and festival venues. The article quotes one nameless festival goer, who comments:

'Litterati' Movement Documents Pollution on Instagram, Encourages Trash Collection

Social media has played a critical role in the shaping of environmental campaigns in recent years, most notably through the tendency honed by users of giants such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter to create viral messages that branch out to broad numbers of readers through friends and contacts. While these three social media outlets represent a great deal of the focus many environmental campaigns choose to utilize, new and innovative ways of engaging with social media continue to emerge, constantly changing the nature of environmental causes and the way they reach out to the public.

'Think Beyond Plastic' Encourages Limited Plastic Use Through Innovation

In an effort to encourage innovative solutions to curb the excess usage of single use plastic, the Plastic Pollution Coalition, an organization which aims to bring awareness to the problems caused by plastic, has started a new initiative to slow plastic pollution. The initiative, Think Beyond Plastic, is a competition and a conference featuring entrepreneurs and solutions that measurably reduce plastic pollution.

Garbage Patches Become Art in Venice

Venetian artist Maria Cristina Finucci is taking an unconventional artistic approach to raising awareness about plastic pollution in the ocean according to an article published in the New York Times. The phenomena of pollution known as "garbage patches" are becoming more commonly known as consumers become more environmentally aware, but a number of misrepresentations in circulation make the problem very difficult to understand.

A Peek Inside A Russian Plastics Production Plant has a fascinating photo essay about life inside a plastics production facility—and what sorts of plastic products end up there. The blog post also highlights the difficulties in getting people to recycle their plastic bottles, as well as the reusable bottles made from recycled plastic nurdles produced in the factory. Check it out!

The Green Sheikh Speaks About Plastic Pollution, Youth Leadership and Behavior Change

By Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi
As told to Brittany Shoot

I knew that before I was born, my family struggled in a challenging desert environment with fewer resources than today, and during my childhood between late ‘60s and ‘70s, I was not spoiled. I lived in moderation under my parents’ guidance. My father told me, “If you want to be happy, don’t wait for me to give you wealth. You may change to reduce your desires!”

Spherical Underwater ‘Fish Tower’ Skyscraper Recycles Debris from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch was the inspiration for the Plastic Fish Tower, an orb-like underwater skyscraper that recently caught our eye as an honorable mention in eVolo’s 2012 skyscraper competition.

In Dubai, Plastic Monster Raises Awareness

By Muaz Shabandri, Khaleej Times

A walking plastic monster covered in plastic bags caught the attention of shoppers at Dubai Mall [in the United Arab Emirates] on Tuesday afternoon. Made out of 350 plastic bags, the monster represented the average amount of plastic used by a family in four months.

"SOUP" and Sea Pollution

In a series of hauntingly gorgeous photographs entitled “SOUP,” UK-based photographer, Mandy Barker, captures a visual interpretation of sea pollution, mainly focusing on bright, plastic debris.

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