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Friday, November 8, 2013

What A Cool Field Day For Kids

More than 1,000 children and 150 volunteers created spectacular human aerial art on Repulse Bay Beach in Hong Kong today as part of Kids Ocean Day.

The group coordinated themselves and formed a shark with a detached fin. Then they moved in unison to re-attach the fin, symbolizing the improved health of the ocean environment. International artist John Quigley of Spectral Q created the extravaganza that was based on an original sketch by the winner of the children’s drawing competition.

This pioneering event of human beach art in Asia involves the school children with the guidance of the Malibu Foundation and Spectral Q from California. These groups have been creating educational and environmental awareness events on the beach for 20 years with tens of thousands of participants of all ages. Malibu Foundation and Kids Ocean Day founder and executive director Michael Klubock explains, “Our program is about raising awareness to facilitate behavioral change. Throughout the year, we have taught students that beneath the surface of the ocean, animals are being impacted by our actions on land, sometimes eating plastic, getting tangled in nets, and being impacted by pollution. Today, we took them to the beach for more education and beach appreciation to bring engagement around preservation."

As the lead sponsor of Kids Ocean Day, Pacific Andes Group is proud to be a Hong Kong based seafood company, which has operations throughout the world involved in fishing, processing, distribution and sales of the full range of seafood products. "We are committed to the sustainability of our oceans which is critically important for food security and to the long term sustainability of communities in the future", said Ms Jessie Ng, Executive Director, Pacific Andes Group. "We are very pleased to support Kids Ocean Day as an opportunity for young people to learn about the importance of caring about our oceans and the practical steps they can take to contribute".

Today the children have spoken out as a group, using art as a way of expressing themselves to initially create the shape of a shark which lost its fin. As a critical connection in the food chain which regulates the health of the ocean, their image sends a message to all of us that sharks are important for our own well being. The children who formed the fin, then joined their friends and peers in the main art display, creating a healthy and happy looking shark which signified their hope in protecting these animals,” says Doug Woodring, Event Organizer and Founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance.

"Kids Ocean Day aims to inspire children by showing something that is loved (beaches, oceans, animals, clean water), giving reasons for loving it (source of air, food, and recreation), showing damage being done to it (entangled animals, dirty neighborhoods and beaches), showing how it is being damaged (people littering neighborhoods and showing storm drain connection), and giving people something to do about it (reduce litter, recycle, do a beach cleanup, do a neighborhood clean-up).

We swim in the ocean. We sail on the ocean. We fish in the ocean. We walk our dogs beside the ocean. The sea pulls more and more of us to live by the ocean, with two-thirds of the world’s population already living within 80 km of the sea. Hong Kong’s biggest natural asset is the ocean, and with the Hong Kong Government’s recent fishing ban on trawling in all of Hong Kong waters, we now have an exceptional opportunity as a community to really bring our local ocean back to life.

Already, positive results have been seen, showing proof that if we give the ocean a chance to heal itself, it is able to do so

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