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Ocean Posters Against Plastic Pollution

Saturday 11th September 2021 - Tuesday 7th December 2021

Professor Helmut Langer and Journeys in Design Curator Dr John Ennis bring Ocean Posters Against Plastic Pollution to the Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine. The international eco-poster design collaboration, engaged the design departments of 35 academies and universities, representing all five continents.

The exhibition was first shown at  the inaugural UN World Oceans Day Conference at United Nations, New York, and now goes on display for the first time in the UK.

More than 50 professor colleagues with more than 1000 students collaborated in the project, either in workshops or as semester work. Each participating institution contributed up to 10 best posters, so that there is a collection of nearly 350 posters. This carefully curated exhibition picks a striking and poignant selection of these posters.

Some researchers have predicted that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the world’s oceans than fish. These student posters give a visual representation to the voice of the youth of the world. They are a call to preserve the planet we live on, including our waterways and oceans. The tackle issues of costal and beach environmental pollution, fish and seabirds consuming plastic; micro-plastics from synthetic clothes polluting the sea. Recently scientists have detected these plastics in fish we eat.

by Meri Aisala, University of Lapland, Finland

The exciting and outstanding posters should contribute to raise global awareness about the gigantic global plastic pollution of the oceans, to influence a responsible use of plastic, and encourage sustainable thinking and behaviour.

Journeys in Design Curator Dr John Ennis has brought this touring exhibition to the UK and will be hosting it in a series of venues over the next year. The global communications project is directed and curated by Helmut Langer, Germany, internationally renowned communication designer and worldwide experienced lecturer, as well a Past President of the International Council of Design. The project was only possible with the fantastic and dedicated cooperation with the professor colleagues, who are part of or have been recommended by Helmut’s global network. A big thank you to them and to the students of course!


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