By Hannah Stevens @hannahshewans
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PangeaSeed Foundation are hoping to inspire worldwide change through their ARTivism project - Sea Walls: Artists For Oceans.
By collaborating with artists across the globe, PangeaSeed Foundation have created nearly 300 murals in 12 countries since the program began in 2014 with more than 200 artists of 25 different nationalities.
Founder and Executive Director of the foundation Tre’ Packard said: “Our oceans are the Earth’s life support system, providing 70 per cent of the oxygen we breathe, a sixth of the animal protein people eat, medicines that keep us alive and healthy, and so much more.
“Human impact in the form of overfishing, climate change, development, plastics and other forms of pollution are taking a toll on the health of our seas.
“Through public art, Sea Walls has the opportunity to translate fact into visual stories that engage the public in a non-confrontational manner, and increase awareness.”
All artists who contribute to Sea Walls volunteer their time and talent to the cause.
The organisation has travelled all over the world to deliver their conservation message including New Zealand, Canada and Mexico.
Their most recent project took them to Churchill, Canada to generate awareness of the importance of preserving the so-called ‘polar bear capital of the world’.
Aside from being known for its polar bears, Churchill is also a beluga whale watching hotspot, a birder’s paradise and one of the best places to experience the northern lights.
Packard said: “Public art and activism can educate and inspire the global community to help save our seas.
“Regardless of your location – large metropolitan city or small seaside village like Churchill - the ocean supplies us with every second breath we take and life on Earth cannot exist without healthy oceans,
“As ‘ARTivists’ we believe that using our talent to raise social and environmental awareness can inspire positive change and action.
“We are excited to collaborate with The Polar Bear Fund to bring our unique message of ocean preservation to the Churchill community."
To find out more about PangeaSeed Foundation visit: https://www.pangeaseed.foundation/
To get more information on the Polar Bear Fund check out: https://www.polarbearfund.ca/