St+art India Foundation, Peek A Book Festival, Jane Goodall Institute India (JGII) and Avid Learning presents Going Under! Ocean Awareness a children's workshop. Take a photo-ride through the magnificent oceans with underwater photographer Digant Desai. Explore the impact of plastic pollution. Find solutions through art – creating objects of beauty from marine debris with Urban sketcher, Educator, Children's Book Illustrator Zainab Tambawalla. Oceans Are Us is Jane Goodall Institute India’s Ocean Literacy Programme committed to engaging young people in ocean conservation and inspiring innovative and compassionate action.
Zainab Tambawalla is a children’s book illustrator, an urban sketcher and a nature lover. She has studied Animation Film Design at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad and has illustrated several books for Pratham, Scholastic and other independent authors and publishers. Currently, she also teaches at the Ecole Intuit Lab, Mumbai. As a part of her personal practice, she sketches around the city documenting in her work the different aspects that interest her. From people, architecture, to various other elements and stories.Read more
Lubaina Bandukwala has a master’s in journalism but has been in children’s publishing for a decade. She has written four books and numerous short stories for publishers like Pratham, FunOKPlease, Hachette and Scholastic India. She has edited publications for most major media houses including DNA (DNA ya!), Times of India (KidZone) Time Life (New N’ Stuff) and has served as consulting editor for Scholastic India and Harper Collins. She is passionate about promoting Indian children’s books and authors and has been a curator and creator of literary experiences and festivals for more than 6 years. She founded and ran the children’s literature section at the Kalaghoda Arts Festival for four years, Founded Peek A Book Literature Festival as the only children’s literature festival in Mumbai and Hyderabad. She has produced commissioned festivals and pop-ups for the CSMVS museum (Formerly Prince of Wales Museum), Eat India Company Festival, and several schools in the city. She also curates books for India’s first children’s book subscription box, Enchantico. She is considered a subject matter expert in contemporary children’s reading and literature and has been invited as a speaker at TedX (DJ Sanghvi,Mumbai) and on several panels including She The People Writer’s Festival, Avid Learning and Kalaghoda Arts Festival.Read more
Ocean awareness is the understanding and recognition of the significance of the oceans and their ecological and economic importance to the planet and its inhabitants. This includes awareness of the ocean's physical, chemical, and biological processes, as well as its role in climate regulation, food production, and human health and well-being. It also recognizes the threats facing the ocean, such as pollution, overfishing, and climate change, and the need for conservation and sustainable use of its resources.
Ocean Conservation Workshop
It is a gathering of individuals,
organizations, and experts to discuss, share, and develop strategies for
protecting and preserving the oceans and their resources. It provides a
platform for exchange of ideas, information, and best practices, and to promote
collaboration and cooperation among stakeholders. Through presentations,
interactive discussions, and group activities, solutions and recommendations
are proposed to tackle challenges and develop a shared vision for future.
It refers to any human-made waste that is
present in the oceans or coastal areas, including plastic, glass, metal, paper,
and other such materials. Marine debris is a major problem for the ocean and
its wildlife, as it can harm and kill marine animals, damage habitats, and
impact human health and safety. Marine debris can also travel long distances
and have impacts far from its source, making it a global issue.
Plastic pollution is the accumulation of
synthetic waste in the environment, particularly in the oceans. It takes
hundreds of years for plastic to break down and decompose, and much of it ends
up in the ocean where it can harm wildlife, damage habitats, and impact human
health. Some of the most common forms of plastic pollution include plastic
bags, bottle caps, food packaging, and fishing gear.
Solutions to Plastic Pollution
These solutions include include reducing
plastic use, improving waste management, and developing biodegradable
alternatives to plastic. Additionally, removing existing plastic pollution from
the environment through cleanup efforts and promoting public awareness of the
issue is also crucial.
Art as a Solution to Plastic Pollution
Art is a powerful tool to raise awareness
about plastic pollution and inspire action for ocean conservation. Some
examples of art solutions for plastic pollution include: making sculptures made
from recycled plastic waste; creating large-scale murals and street art;
photography and videography to document the impact of plastic pollution on the
ocean and its wildlife; performance arts, such as dance and theater to tell stories
and raise awareness; and organizing plastic clean-up art installations, where
participants work together to clean up plastic waste from the environment and
turn it into art. Art reaches new audiences, engages emotions, and provides a
platform for creative expression.
It requires specialized equipment, including
waterproof cameras and housings, as well as lights, strobes, and other
accessories to help produce high-quality images in challenging underwater
conditions. Sumer Verma and Digant Desai are its pioneers in India, raising
ocean awareness and showcasing the beauty of underwater biodiversity.
She is a British primatologist, ethologist,
and anthropologist, who is best known for her 55-year study of wild chimpanzees
in Tanzania. Goodall is a recognized expert on chimpanzee behavior and is
widely considered to be one of the world's leading authorities on primates.
Jane Goodall Institute
A global nonprofit organization dedicated to
the conservation and protection of chimpanzees and their habitats, as well as
promoting community-centered conservation and environmental education.