Over 800 Hong Kong school children, teachers and volunteers from 14 schools formed a massive kid-designed dolphin on the beach. Protect Our Ocean (保護海洋) was the theme of their effort.
The day’s activities began with a program kick-off on Repulse Bay Beach, one of Hong Kong’s cleanest, with a beach class focused on appreciation, respect and care for the sea. The children then created the massive image of a Chinese White Dolphin, originally drawn by 9-year-old Leung Man Hin.
They collectively formed a giant human design in the sand. Theaerial art event gave students the inspiration that their voices and actions can make a difference by visually communicating their wishes to others around the world.
“The children are alerting the world about their appreciation of the ocean and the need to protect it,” explained Doug Woodring, a nominee for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year. “The event links the Hong Kong and California Kids Ocean Day projects, run by the Malibu Foundation for the past 20 years, across the Pacific Ocean, and marks the first beachhead in Asia which brings our young, future ocean ambassadors together to deliver a global message about ocean protection.”
The design on the beach was created by Leung Man-Hin whose picture drawing was transformed by John Quigley of Spectral Qinto a living, large-scale aerial art image on Repulse Bay. “This art is used as a way to communicate their Protect the Ocean message. This complements the Hong Kong Government’s landmark decision to ban trawling in all of Hong Kong’s waters in January 2013, a move which many countries will be watching as the local waters are now expected to have the breathing space they need to recover.”
Kids Ocean Week was kicked off by The Malibu Foundation’s Executive Director Michael Klubock and Woodring, Ocean Recovery Alliance’s founder. “This event is all about empowering students to understand their role in acting as stewards for ocean protection. We believe that education through art, engagement and the power of communication can go a long way to achieving this end.”
Klubock, the founder of Kids Ocean Week, explained, “Our program is about raising awareness to facilitate behavioral change. Throughout the year, on the other side of the Pacific, we have taught students that beneath the surface of the ocean, animals are being impacted by our actions in many ways, and it is our every day actions which are vital in restoring our ocean’s life. Being in Hong Kong is an incredible symbolism of unity across the Pacific by our future leaders, and Kids Ocean Day Hong Kong gives us the chance to create a ripple via the artwork that the collaboration of our young students has created, in both Chinese and English languages.”
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