After visiting Vietnam's Whale Island, Aaron Glasson and Celeste Byers decided to paint a mural about what they witnessed. The plastic waste from nearby fish farms was covering the coastline and the antibiotics and extra nutrients the farms deposited into the water was disrupting the area's ecosystem, causing an abundance of algae and black sea urchins around the coral reefs.
Coral reefs form some of the most diverse ecosystems on this planet, covering around 0.1% of the world's ocean surface yet providing a home for 25% of all marine species. An estimated one-fifth of the world’s coral reefs have already been lost due to recent human impact and if current trends continue all will be gone by the end of this century. Land and fish farming run-off, industrial pollution, plastic waste and unsustainable fishing practices are all contributing to the death of the worlds coral reefs. Moral of the story, try to reduce consumption and waste, and if you're going to eat fish know where it comes from and the effect it has on the greater ocean.
With Sea Walls, the mission is simple:
By collaborating with a global alliance of incredibly talented artist,we aim to bring the oceans to inner cities around the world.
The Sea Walls project, aims to reconnect inner-city residents with the beauty and plight facing our oceans, while at the same time, making the connection that all drains lead to the oceans and that our daily consumption choices and lifestyle habits have a direct effect on our planet's most important ecosystem - the ocean.
PangeaSeed and PangeaSeed supporting artists will continue creating ocean-themed murals each focusing on marine species and/or habitats in peril. Follow the action via our website and social media pages.
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