Blue Activism

Artists United For The Ocean

by Elisa Routa


Let's change the tide and give the ocean a voice

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Courtesy of photographer Kurt Arrigo


From November 30th to December 11th, France will be hosting and presiding over the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change. COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries.


In the words of Sylvia Earle, American marine biologist, explorer, author and new ambassador of the Ocean's Call for Climate: “The living Ocean governs planetary chemistry; regulates temperature; generates most of the oxygen in the sea and atmosphere; powers the water, carbon, and nitrogen cycles; and holds 97% of Earth’s water and 97% of the biosphere. Quite simply, no Ocean, no life. We must give the Ocean a voice!”


As a group of individuals deeply connected by the ocean, we acknowledge the existence of anthropogenic (human-induced) climate change and therefore it is our responsibility to help combating it.


During COP21, Panthalassa will be curating relevant facts and stories about climate change using the hashtag #panthalassa4climate. The idea is to give the ocean a voice and use the power of creativity to spread the word about Climate Change. With the support of the NGO Oceana, Panthalassa will be highlighting artworks from some of the world's most inspiring artists. "We want to broadcast a message of hope, celebrate the beautiful planet we live in, and inspire our peers to protect it." says Sergio Penzo, Panthalassa's Creative Director. 


The initiative will start with an exclusive interview with American artist Zaria Forman who explores and shares the urgency climate change through art.


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Courtesy of the artist Zaria Forman/ Photo by Dustin Cohen


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Courtesy of artist Samuel Dougados


Jan Knauss

Courtesy of photographer Jan Knauss


Image courtesy of artist Malte von Schuckmann

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