LYME Regis will host a free interactive art installation to raise awareness of the increasing amount of plastic waste found in our oceans.
The ‘Plastic Ocean’ exhibition will be held in the Jubilee Pavilion on Marine Parade between Saturday, June 9 and Friday 15, open daily from 11am to 5pm, and closing at 2pm on the last day.
Eva Fahle-Clouts, a local artist, has been inspired by water, the beauty of it, all of its qualities and the sheer amount of it on this planet, in creating the exhibition and she invites all to “see beyond the surface of water” with this thought-provoking display.
Plastic Free Lyme Regis, a campaign initiated by eco-group Turn Lyme Green, invited Eva to show her exhibition to support the town’s plans to achieve Surfers Against Sewage accredited plastic free status by the end of 2018.
Eva said: “My installation expresses my environmental concerns and my love for water. I have used photography, poems, text and the plastic I collected at the beach in Lyme Regis as well as old lobster pots.”
On Sunday, June 10 at 2pm the exhibition will be formally launched by Anne Baker, with a talk on her experiences sailing around Britain as part of the ‘RoundBritain2017’ yacht team. The team sampled water all around the British coastline to test how much pollution, including plastic, it contained.
Plastic Free Lyme Regis will also be participating in Eva’s exhibition with an information stand alongside her display. There will also be tips to take away on reducing the plastic that we use and how to be kinder to the environment.
The campaign is a major project affiliated with Turn Lyme Green and supported by Lyme Regis Town Council. It follows guidelines set out by Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), a national marine conservation and campaigning charity that inspires, unites and empowers communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.
Lyme Regis aims to gain the Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Award by the end of 2018 by reducing the amount of single-use plastic items used in the town and cleaning up the local coastal environment.
There are five steps necessary to achieve ‘plastic free’ status, as follows:
- Support from the local council
- Businesses working to reduce the amount of plastic that they use
- The community supporting plastic free living initiatives, such as beach cleans to reduce waste in the environment
- Ongoing support and events to promote the plastic free message
Anyone interested in helping Lyme Regis become ‘plastic free’ should email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive regular updates and invitations to event, visit the new Plastic Free Lyme Regis website www.plasticfreelyme.uk or join the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/plasticfreelymeregis.