Life is a beach!
Active citizenship workshops for sustainable environment
Motto: “There is no Planet B and we are all on the same boat”
As part of its training initiatives, INSUP involves young participants in awareness actions like beach cleaning. In addition to sea pollution, new hazards like forest fires have added up to the list of man-made affections to nature.
This exhibit was created from waste collected on the Atlantic coast only 60 kms away from Bordeaux and was created after a beach cleaning workshop conducted by a group of civic service volunteers.
Inteview with Naemi, creator of the sculpture
Transcript of Naemi’s interview: “After an awareness workshop with INSUP trainees on the damage caused to the environment by our waste, I decided to represent such damage to nature. The trainees collected waste on the beach and I created this turtle to remind everyone how important it is to think about the fauna and flora, our beaches and submarine life.
Turtles are one of the species most victims of sea pollution. This sculpture is made with waste, to show that when we throw away a can, a cigarette butt or other objects, all this waste ends up in the sea and affects other species…”
- Challenge Tackled
The challenge is to alert on the destruction of nature by human activities and the need for emergency action to stop the disaster for sustainable communities.
- Target group, beneficiaries or clients
All citizens aged 3-99. The message addresses each and everyone of us. Whatever our age, interests and concerns, we are part of nature and engagement is key to limit our impact to the minimum.
Active individual and collective participation in environment protection activities
Education to the environmental risks promoted by human activities
Training to activities meant to promote sustainable environment: dissemination events, exhibitions, community workshops and proposal of immediately applicable models.
This type of action is not an innovation per se, what is new is the emergency to act.
- Unique Selling Point
The satisfaction of an individual and collective contribution to positive change.
The impact lies in immediate action and the before/after effect of nature cleaning. The activity is accessible to all, and collective action is the opportunity for quick multiplier effect.
This project is easily and immediately transferable in other countries, communities and contexts.