Washed Ashore: Combining art and science to raise awareness of marine plastic pollution

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm UTC

Marine debris is a threat to our environment, navigation safety, the economy, and human health. There is no longer a marine environment untouched by our trash. If we take the current state and trends of marine debris as the inevitable future reality, it’s easy to lose hope of finding a solution. But engaging in the language of the arts enables us to move beyond the world as we see it. The arts engage the creative, imaginative, and intuitive parts of brain that must be used to find innovative solutions that will change the future. Through combining science and art, we can recreate the world.

The Washed Ashore Project uses community art created from marine debris with the help of thousands of volunteers to raise awareness about plastic pollution in order to spark changes in the consumer habits that have generated this global issue. Over the past two years, with NOAA support, Washed Ashore has worked to create a curriculum based on the goals of our project. The lessons bring together art and science to help students understand the plastic pollution issue and communicate about it using the language of the arts. Workshops to introduce the curriculum and receive feedback were held at Washed Ashore exhibit venues around the country and the curriculum was piloted in Bandon, Oregon, where Washed Ashore is based.

In this webinar, Patrick Chandler, the Washed Ashore curriculum author and project manager, will discuss his experience using art to communicate, conducting teachers’ workshops, curriculum development, and share lessons learned. This webinar is co-sponsored by the NOAA Marine Debris Program, the West Coast Marine Debris Alliance, OpenChannels, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org).

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