An exhibition aimed at raising environmental awareness was held from June 1 to June 8 in the northern Vietnamese province of Quang Ninh as an extension of both Vietnam’s Seas and Islands Week and World Oceans Day.
The display on Quang Ninh’s Minh Chau beach was sponsored by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Vietnam’s Bai Tu Long National Park, and the Green Development Center.
This year’s theme, “I love seas and islands – I was born to live wild and free," prompted local artists to use unrestrained imaginations in creating their works.
A love of nature was the only criterion for participating in the exhibition, making way for a significant participation from aspiring artists hoping to create pieces that would deliver a call-to-action to tourists visiting the beach.
Below are some notable pieces from the exhibition.
|'Help' by Dau Quyet Tien emphasizes the helplessness of sea creatures amidst an endless vortex of marine litter. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
|'Stop littering' by Nguyen Thi Trang features the Earth inside a tire, signifying that the former is being wrapped in plastic. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
|'The colorful buoy,' an environmental awareness piece from siblings Le Thi Doan Vi and Le Thi Thuc Vi. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
|Two children are awarded certificates for their participation in the exhibition. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
The seriousness of marine pollution is beginning to gain global awareness. Without a doubt, plastic yields abhorrent consequences for marine welfare and the environment as a whole.
According to an IUCN report, since the execution of three consecutive cleaning campaigns at Ha Long Bay in 2016-2017, the number of estranged buoys and amount of marine debris in the area has started to accumulate once again, with the former claiming 60-80 percent of the total mass collected.