Art­works put sea pol­lu­tion in spot­light

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

An art project from lo­cal school­child­ren draw­ing at­ten­tion to the im­pact of rub­bish and pol­lu­tion on sea crea­tures by cre­at­ing art­works out of re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als went on public dis­play at the week­end.

The re­cy­cled art project co-or­di­nated by the West Pil­bara Turtle Pro­gram saw City of Kar­ratha schools given the op­tion to make a turtle, fish or other marine an­i­mal purely out of re­cy­clable prod­ucts as part of a drive to im­prove stu­dents’ aware­ness of marine con­ser­va­tion.

Bayn­ton West, Tam­brey, Peg’s Creek and Wick­ham pri­mary schools and Roe­bourne Dis­trict High School took part and be­tween them cre­ated about 15 art­works which were ex­hib­ited out­side the Kar­ratha Quar­ter on Satur­day and Sun­day.

West Pil­bara Turtle Pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor Carissa Ives said the project was de­signed to get stu­dents think­ing about how their ev­ery­day ac­tions could af­fect Aus­tralian sea crea­tures.

“Last year for World Sea Turtle Day we did a colour­ing-in com­pe­ti­tion and then this year I thought we’d do some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent — we’ll start talk­ing about re­cy­cled art and we’ll re­cy­cle ma­te­ri­als be­cause plas­tic pol­lu­tion is the big­gest im­pact on our en­dan­gered species in the ocean,” she said.

Among the art­works on dis­play were a trans­par­ent sea snake with a stom­ach full of rub­bish col­lected from Kar­ratha Back Beach, sev­eral jel­ly­fish made out of plas­tic bags and a fish cov­ered in plas­tic bot­tle caps and but­tons.

Parks and Wildlife ed­u­ca­tion and in­ter­pre­ta­tion of­fi­cer Ju­dith Napier said a lot of marine mam­mal and turtle species were clas­si­fied as en­dan­gered or vul­ner­a­ble, mean­ing peo­ple needed to be aware of how to pro­tect them.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

West Pil­bara Turtle Pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Carissa Ives, Parks and Wildlife ed­u­ca­tion and in­ter­pre­ta­tion of­fi­cer Ju­dith Napier and Bayn­ton West Pri­mary stu­dent Cooper Ives, 4, at the re­cy­cled art dis­play.

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