A nonprofit photo exhibition depicting eye-catching scenes such as graying coral, bony polar bears and melting icebergs is being held in Beijing to show deterioration in the environment and raise awareness of ocean protection, as part of activities for World Oceans Day, which falls on Tuesday this year.
The 84 photos on display on the first floor of U Town Mall in Chaoyang district were collected from experienced photographers worldwide, some of which were taken underwater, to let people in urban areas to see what is happening as a result of global warming, ocean pollution, overfishing and other human activities that damage nature, said Wang Miao, founder of the Better Blue NGO and curator of the exhibition, which will run through June 14.
For example, many colorful coral reefs, which are home to one-quarter of all marine species, are turning gray and white before they die, as caused by temperature rises in sea water.
"People living in inland areas may feel far from the ocean. We want to convey the information in an intuitive way, and call on more people to join in protection," Wang said during the opening ceremony on Saturday. "If we do nothing, the consequences of damaging the ocean will be reflected on our own dining tables."
She added everyone can make a change by adopting a sustainable, low-carbon lifestyle, such as avoiding using plastics, chemical products and eating shark fins.
The exhibition is also a part of "Glowing Glowing Gone" program proposed by the United Nations Environment Programme and The Ocean Agency, an awareness campaign that draws attention to coral fluorescence due to climate change.
More than 20 actors or actresses were invited to share their stories of ocean and coral. Better Blue also cooperated with a share-bike company to produce themed bikes. Poem readings, children's painting shows and marine specimen displays were also organized. The photo exhibition will be held in more regions, such as Shanghai and Hainan province, starting in July. It is also available on Baijiahao, an online content gathering platform.
"Oceans are profound in our mind. But in reality, it is already full of marine litter. The exhibition not only shows the beauty of nature, but also records the sensitive ecosystem of earth, alerting us to climate change and ocean pollution. We hope to let more people learn about the real ocean and inspire them to take action to protect the planet," actor and charity ambassador Sun Yizhou said.