Ocean Awareness Through Art
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.
There’s No Denying
It’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.
Image source: beaches.uptake.com
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.
Image source: coastalcare.org
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.
Image source: coastalcare.org
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.
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.
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.
Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer! She teaches for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too! This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green! She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean. And she has a pitbull named Irie.
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