Greenpeace Philippines has come up with a novel way of reminding everyone about the huge plastic pollution issue around the world by way of a dead whale art piece that is haunting.
Dead Whale Installation Is Powerful Visual And Global Message
In a strike to make the public stand up and take notice of the pollution Greenpeace has illustrated why people need to take up recycling and use biodegradable containers wherever possible along with taking part in clean-up projects in their local area. They have come up with a powerful visual along with a global message about pollution due to plastic thanks to what they have called the dead whale installation.
The replica of the whale is 50 feet long, and Greenpeace created it solely from plastic waste and installed in close to the shoreline of Manila Bay where they said it had washed ashore. On their Facebook webpage, Greenpeace Philippines said that people should listen to the dead whale and take a much closer look at what plastic pollution was doing to the ocean. They went on to say that they hoped that the installation would be enough to encourage the general public to take action and start recycling.
Inspiration For Project Came From Real Dead Sperm Whale
The creative director of the dead whale project is Biboy Royong, and he said that the exhibit had taken inspiration from a sperm whale of 38 inches that died following ingesting steel wire, plastic, a fishnet, and rope. He said that they based the color, shape, size, and texture of photographs of real-life whales that had died. He said that they even picked to show the whale decomposing to give more impact and played with the textures of the skin using plastic trash. He went on to say that for the installation to work, they had to make a dead whale that was realistic.
Royong said that there was an environmental protection and by 2050 if people did not stop polluting the waters there might be more waste in the ocean than there is marine life. On first sight, many people thought that the dead whale was a real whale that had washed onto the beach and it went viral as people shared the news on social media.
Dead Sperm Whale Installation Quickly Went Viral
This meant that Greenpeace did not have to do anything to advertise the project as it was spread on social media platforms. One person said through Facebook that the whale on the beach was one of the most disturbing things that they had ever seen. Another said that it was horrible and outrageous.
At the same time, Greenpeace Philippines circulated a petition online asking for ASEAN member states to take measures against the plastics pollution in the high seas. They said that the plastic pollution dangers along with the effects it had on life in the ocean were very real and terrible and it often meant beautiful creatures dying a painful death.
Greenpeace also circulated an online petition, calling on “the ASEAN member states to take concrete measures against plastics pollution in the high seas.”
The dangers of plastic pollution and the effects on ocean life are very real and very terrible often resulting in a painful death for these beautiful creatures.
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