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Earth Day 2018
April 13, 2018 - April 14, 2018
Earth Day is today and is all about Ending Plastic Pollution
Earlier this month, an extraordinary piece of artwork appeared on the beach:
Sea god enlisted in campaign against plastic pollution of the seas with 100ft artwork on Devon beach
Poseidon appeared on Saunton Sands in the run-up to Earth Day on April 22
13 APR 2018
A giant figure of the sea god Poseidon was etched on the sand of a Devon beach as part of the campaign against plastic pollution of the sea.
A spokesman said: “Marc’s work was visible for several hours before the tide came in and carried Poseidon back to the ocean.”
The stunt followed the publication of new polling data commissioned by Friends of the Earth indicating that 81% of people have done something to reduce or cut out their use of plastic, for example by purchasing a reusable shopping bag or avoiding the use of plastic straws.
Julian Kirby, plastic-free campaigner for Friends of the Earth, said: ” Poseidon has been defending oceans for millennia, but the current plastic pollution crisis is more terrifying than any sea monster. Tougher measures are urgently needed to protect our oceans, beaches and wildlife.
“The government must listen to the huge public concern over this issue, and chart a course for cleaner seas by committing to end all plastic pollution.
Marc Treanor, the sand artist behind the work, said: “I was happy to be asked to be part of this project as the subject of plastic pollution awareness seems now to have reached a critical point. I wanted to somehow express an anger with what plastic pollution has done to the oceans, so the image of a raging Neptune hurling a plastic bottle back at us seemed apt.”
The Saunton Sands Poseidon is one of six works appearing on beaches across Europe in the run-up to Earth Day on 22 April.
The theme of Earth Day this year is “end plastic pollution”, with all the works carrying the hashtag #BreakFreeFromPlastic, a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution.
Those who want to act against plastic can join the 60,000 people who have signed Friends of the Earth petition calling for the government to dramatically reduce the plastic pouring into our oceans.
Sea god enlisted in campaign against plastic pollution of the seas with 100ft artwork on Devon beach – Devon Live
Poseidon comes to Saunton Sands to illustrate marine plastic pollution | Friends of the Earth
It’s all part of today’s Earth Day, which is focussing on Ending Plastic Pollution:
Earth Day 2018 | End Plastic Pollution
And the British media is fully behind it:
When is Earth Day 2018, what’s this year’s theme and how can you help reduce plastic litter and pollution?
This is from the Mail:
Earth Day 2018: All you need to know
- Earth Day 2018 will be held soon to bring attention to environmental protection
- The event started in response to a devastating oil spill along the California coast
- Common Earth Day activities include collecting garbage and planting trees