How to Express Ocean Awareness Through Art

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More and more artists are now using ocean art to inspire changes and raise awareness about the need to conserve and protect our natural world.  These artists are utilizing their talents to produce artworks – not only those that shows the beauty of the ocean or the gifts of life underneath it but especially artworks that communicate the predicament that our ocean is currently in – the problems about pollution and the incessant abuse of natural ocean resources.

Check out this Interview with Claudio Garzon, an eco-friendly

Artist teaching kids about environmental art.

There’s No Denying

plastics are foreverIt’s not very surprising now a days to take a walk along the beach or river, and you won’t get too far without seeing or encountering plastic trash – from plastic bags, plastic bottles, and plastic wrappers to fishing nets and other plastic debris.  There’s no denying that we are in a ‘messy’ predicament right now.

There are plastics everywhere.

Plastics are not biodegradable.  If you think ‘diamonds are forever’ guess what, so are plastics!

The very plastic you’re using at home, at work, at school or anywhere for that matter – will eventually find its way to our water system and we now know will eventually end up in the ocean.

These plastic will endanger the lives of marine animals – there are instances where turtles or dolphins get trapped with discarded nets or even plastic furniture.  These animals oftentimes die; very seldom will they get rescued from it.  This plastic trash is clearly a threat for these marine animals.

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Through the years, these plastics get broken into tiny bits – some small enough for marine animals and even birds to mistaken it for food, and into microscopic size over time…but still…it will not totally biodegrade.

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It maybe no longer visible to the human eyes but it’s still there, it’s still plastic, it doesn’t get absorbed into the natural system.  It continuous to pollute our waters and gets eaten by tiny marine organisms that will of course enter the food chain.  And guess who is on the top of this food chain?  Exactly.

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Unnatural Expectation from the Natural

The ocean has been providing us food, water, livelihood and even recreation.  Its abundance is simply immeasurable.  It’s quite heartbreaking to know that not only do people are taking more than he needs but is also showing no regard at all.

We are making unnatural expectation from the ocean.  The bounty that the ocean used to naturally provide us is no longer coming ‘naturally.’  Simply put, we are ‘forcing it’ out of the ocean.

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Artists on the Move

The likes of Claudio Garzon, along with other artists who are choosing to use their talents to inspire people, to educate them and raise ocean awareness are the ‘ocean defenders’ of our time. Facebook Page Sea Turtle Defenders Keeps the Ocean’s Safe for Sea Turtles through education.

We are defending the ocean, the planet and future generations.

It’s nothing short of admirable to have these artists affect a movement by making use of the fact that arts do affect people’s lives.

They communicate their ocean sentiments through paintings, sculptures, murals, songs and or plays that leave a lasting impression to whoever manages to come across such artwork.

The Mission of the Sea Turtle Defenders: endeavors to identify, categorize, and disseminate current environmental and related social educational information to children, families, educators, and community leaders to raise their awareness and  continuously advocate for sea turtle rights.

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Sea Turtles vs. Trash Pollution

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Trash pollution is undeniably one of the reasons that our ocean is facing a phenomenal degradation today.  There is a considerable decline in fisheries, marine habitats are visibly destroyed plus of course the effects of climate changes that can be felt everywhere.

You can argue that the earth is an ever changing world, that it continuous to evolve through the years, that changes are bound to happen – but we cannot deny the fact that humans are a big factor in creating unnatural changes and shift in this planet.

Are sea turtles paying the price?

Time and again sea turtle casualties has been reported due to fishing nets and boat accidents (still debatable whether intentional or not), but cases where trash is involve is not too new either.

Sea turtles are literally dying from our trash, from our plastic trash.

Some mistakes plastics for jellyfish, would feed on them until such time that it causes fatal internal problems.  Some are being caught in abandoned nets or ropes and drown.  Some gets trap with these plastics, would eventually survive but with disfiguring effects on them.  While some more others are basically falling ill due to polluted waters.

So yes, sea turtles are paying the price for the incessant trash pollution.

What can we do?

We can begin by respecting the ocean as a sign of gratitude for all the abundance it’s giving us.  We have to recognize the fact that not only does the ocean provide us with food and water, it also house magnificent creatures as well as organisms that made our very existence on earth a possibility.

We must learn to care for the ocean and protect it.  Protecting the ocean means protecting all the marine lives that live in it, and protecting their lives means protecting ourselves as well.

We can create awareness about the effects of trash pollution that all leads back to the ocean.  We have to educate the people on how the existence of marine lives including the sea turtles are being threaten because of the enormous trash we are dumping in our waters.

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NOW, is a good time to start making changes.  We can defend the sea turtles by creating awareness.  People will tend to care more for something that they know more about.  We have to continually educate other people about the importance of caring for the ocean.

We can start small by being more aware on how we dispose of our trash.  Remember that it all leads back to the ocean.  Start considering a greener lifestyle, it’s not only good for our own health, but for the environment as well.  Say no to plastics whenever you can, always opt for biodegradable and recyclable materials.

Quite frankly, to care for the ocean and defend the sea turtles we have to be more proactive.  We have to make sure that our voices are being heard.  And we have to continue on doing that until radical changes are finally taking place.

Ocean Awareness: It’s Our Turn to Take Care of the Ocean

The ocean has been providing us not just food and water but even recreation and livelihood.  Its abundance is simply immeasurable but it’s disheartening to know that not only do people are taking more than he needs but is also showing no regard at all.  Evidently, people lack ocean awareness.

The ocean has been providing us not just food and water but even recreation and livelihood.  Its abundance is simply immeasurable but it’s disheartening to know that not only do people are taking more than he needs but is also showing no regard at all.  Evidently, people lack ocean awareness.

If we’ll only look, we’ll see

Have you seen the photos of surfers encountering massive trash ‘surfing’ with them?

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Have you seen the photos of marine animals, sick, disfigured, dying or worst dead, because they got caught up with trash or mistakenly taken it for food?

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Have you seen the studies or news about fish, (yes, the ones we’re serving to our family) containing alarming levels of mercury?

mercury in foodImage courtesy of www.groundtruthtrekking.org

Haven’t we seen enough?

Show gratitude by creating ocean awareness

Yes, we should have been more thankful to the abundance the ocean has always been providing us.  And yes, we really messed it up so bad that we’re now feeling the effects of our own doing.

But, NOW, will be a good time to start making changes.

What you do will matter.  Don’t underestimate your power.  You can change the world by starting with yourself.

Show your gratitude to the ocean by being more responsible with disposing your trash.  Create ocean awareness – to your family, to your friends, to your community – until our collective forces will be enough to protect our ocean from the ‘big’ offenders.

Let’s create ocean awareness by being proactive, by letting our voices heard – until we’re loud enough that they couldn’t ignore us.

The ocean takes care of us.  Now it’s our turn now to do the same.

Let’s show our gratitude, let’s create ocean awareness.

Changing the World One Blue Marble at a Time

The Blue Marbles Project is started by Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, a scientist, an activist, a community organizer, an author and also a father.  This project is creating awareness and reminding people especially the youths about sharing, giving, and gratitude towards one another and our blue planet.

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This project involves passing a blue marble from one person to another who has shown concern for our planet.  It’s a sign of gratitude, an appreciation for that act of kindness to our environment.  It doesn’t question how big or small your part is, if you have a blue marble in your hand, it simply shows that you care.  And as long as people care, there is hope.

If you want to be a part of this cool project simply share a ‘blue’ marble to a person whom you believe is doing something good for the planet, it’s a sign of gratitude.  Then you encourage that person to do the same and pass the blue marble on.  You can then share your story with the world however you like.

Preferably of course, share your photo with your blue marble, that way we somehow connect with each other!  You’ll be amazed to see where these blue marbles have been to and who have touched them so far.

Why blue marbles?

The Blue Marbles the famous photo of the earth taken from the moon by astronauts.  That is how our home looks like when viewed from the outer space – a glowing marble of blue oceans and green forest.  Hold a blue marble at arm’s length in front of you, and it will be like looking into earth from million miles away.

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We love the ocean, my family love to surf and we just love the beach!  We’re living an eco-friendly lifestyle and support social awareness about green living and protecting our environment.  Whoever or wherever you are, you can do something to lessen carbon footprints in our planet.

Try to walk or bicycling whenever possible as opposed to just jumping into your car whenever you need to be somewhere else.  Mind your trash, no matter small or tiny piece it is.  Be wary of the materials you’re using, opt for biodegradable stuff.  Don’t be afraid to venture on new things, and hide on the premise that it’s something you’re not accustomed with therefore could be a waste of time.

For instance, I took a chance and tried affiliate marketing which is just one of the perfect home business ideas and opportunities for women.  It’s simply awesome and doing really great for me!  I’m now working from home and glad to say that I no longer take part in producing carbon footprints along with other commuters.

Be appreciative of the planet we live in, yes that’s a good start actually.  Once you realize what we have been blessed with and how precious and how vulnerable this planet is, then perhaps you’ll start paying attention and be more caring and responsible.

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Trash Talk: Plastics into Work of Art

We have come to a point where trash pollution is undeniably one of the world’s major problems.  And what’s making it even worse is that most of this garbage pollution is plastics which comprise the 80 percent of the world’s marine pollution.  And we all know that plastics will not completely biodegrade but instead it will just add up to water debris that endangers marine life and ultimately even that of ours.

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An artist with a mission.

These concerns are what trigger artists like Claudio Garzón to turn trash, these plastics – into work of art.  While other people’s idea of walking along the beach or along the river involves collecting colorful stones, glasses or perhaps shells; Claudio’s is to pick up plastic trash that he can later on use in creating artwork.

And it doesn’t end there, it’s not enough that he’s recycling these plastics while creating amazing art, he also want to create awareness that will then educate the people on how plastics are destroying our ocean and endangering marine lives.

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He is passionate both with arts and with defending the ocean.

He loves teaching children about   the changes that they can make and how they can keep the ocean clean.  For him, the whole idea is not just creating recyclable arts but to educate as well.

His infamous Plas Tikobots, which are science fiction robots that are made entirely from the plastics that he found, are generating buzz about marine life protection.  These Plas Tikobots are usually modeled after sea creatures – turtles, sharks.

Through his amazing artworks, he hopes to enlighten the mind of the people to start caring and showing gratitude to the ocean.

It’s quite ironic how a beautiful piece of artwork is actually made from plastics that are polluting our water which of course is downright ugly!

Not just an artist.

Suffice to say, Claudio Garzón is not just your ordinary artist.  He’s using his artistic ability not just to share beautiful artworks or teach arts to children but more so to raise awareness and create education that will save marine lives and ultimately, ours, too.

Claudio Garzon's turtle art

Trash talk.

Plastics are endangering our lives.  It’s a fact. We can no longer deny how irresponsible we have become in using throwaways, always choosing comfort and ease no matter the price earth has to pay.  But of course, we can always play dumb and act innocent about our contribution to this ailing planet.  But who are we kidding really?  What’s already happening and what will happen to this earth in the future is our responsibility.  Would you blame your neighbors for the trash in your own home?

Planet earth is our home, our only home.  It’s about time we start taking responsibilities, let’s create awareness and start making changes.  Do what you can!

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