2019 Toronto Zoo. Washed Ashore - Art To Save The Sea
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM
- The Toronto Zoo presents Washed Ashore - Art To Save The Sea.
- Exhibit of powerful art installations highlights the impact of plastic pollution as they are built completely from plastics found in oceans and waterways around the world.
(The Toronto Zoo) - The Toronto Zoo today launched a new temporary exhibit called Washed Ashore – Art to Save the Sea. This unique exhibit educates about the negative and devastating effects of plastic pollution and aims to spark positive changes in consumer habits. This aesthetically powerful art installation is built completely from plastics found in oceans and waterways around the world. Each year, sea birds, whales, seals, sea turtles and other marine life die after ingesting plastic or becoming entangled in the plastic debris and approximately 300 million pounds of plastic is produced globally each year and less than 10 percent of that is recycled. Washed Ashore, with its 10 larger-than life sculptures, will inspire Zoo guests to make a difference in their day-to-day lives.
Present at the launch event were: The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Honourable Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Dolf DeJong, Chief Executive Officer Toronto Zoo, Councillors Paul Ainslie, Chair, Board of Management of the Toronto Zoo and Jennifer McKelvie, Ward 25 Scarborough-Rouge Park, Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director Recycling Council of Ontario and Angela Haseltine Pozzi, Founder & Artistic Director, Washed Ashore – Art To Save The Sea.
“It is sad and terrifying to consider garbage patches the size of the Province of Quebec in our oceans,” says Dolf DeJong, CEO Toronto Zoo. “Toronto Zoo is committed to taking actions on plastics and Washed Ashore is a powerful way to help guests understand the scope of the single-use plastics problem our environment is facing and the steps that can be taken to help address the problem.”
“Education and awareness are fundamental to making positive changes to our consumption behaviour and patterns,” says Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director, Recycling Council of Ontario. “Washed Ashore is a tremendous visual and emotional learning opportunity that directly relates to the impacts of plastic pollution on the environment and wildlife, and like 10,000 Changes, will motivate us to rethink plastics.”
Although Washed Ashore’s plastics have been collected predominantly from oceans, the messaging of making our local waterways clean from plastics is equally as important. Toronto Zoo’s works to design and deliver impactful conservation-focused research, restoration, and outreach programs that highlights the importance of saving Canada’s sensitive wetland species and their habitats. A top priority for the Zoo is to encourage public awareness and participation in protecting local biodiversity through citizen science and engagement. Together, with the help and commitment from our guests, we can provide a safe and cleaner environment for these fascinating native creatures.
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