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‘Keep the Oceans Clean’ initiative teams up with Volvo Ocean Race

Abu Dhabi has teamed up with the Volvo Ocean Race to bring its ‘Keep the Oceans Clean’ initiative to the emirate’s Corniche ‘Destination Village’ this New Year, as part of the fortnight-long hosting of the awesome race fleet.
‘Keep The Oceans Clean’, a global campaign that encourages action against ocean pollution threatening sea-life, will feature a series of free community art projects, which will run in the ‘Destination Village’ from December 31 – January 14 next year.

Central to the initiative is Skeleton Sea’s Albatross Exhibitionist – an imposing 5’5” sculpture created from rubbish washed up on beaches as well as a six minute film that tells the compelling story of the thousands of albatross killed each year by mistaking rubbish for food. Both will be housed in the ‘Keep the Oceans Clean’ dome, which will follow the route of the 39,000 nautical mile ocean race.
Skeleton Sea’s founding artists João Parrinha of Portugal, Spain’s Luis de Dios and Xandi Kreuzeder from Germany – three ‘creative surfers’ who started the initiative in 2005 to raise environmental awareness through their green art - will have a presence at the Abu Dhabi stopover.

As part of the wider school initiative being developed by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which is behind the emirate’s hosting of the race, a series of beach clean-up activities will be staged in the stopover build-up, with key emphasis on engaging and educating children on environmental issues and responsible living. The rubbish collected will be used to help build the Abu Dhabi Skeleton Sea sculpture.

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