Greenpeace photography exhibition and fundraiser
A walrus relaxes atop an ice floe with Sjettebreen glacier on the background in Svalbard. © Denis Sinyakov / Greenpeace
THE Downstairs Gallery at Alchemy, 198 Gloucester Road is hosting an exhibition of amazing oceans pictures taken during the Greenpeace ship Esperanza’s epic trip from the Arctic to the Antarctic to reveal the wonders that lie beneath the surface of our oceans and confront the threats they face.
The exhibition launched on Saturday January 18 when Greenpeace Bristol offered an Ocean Experience day in the Downstairs Gallery at Alchemy, 198 Gloucester Road. They displayed some amazing ocean pictures taken by photographers including Denis Sinyakov and Shane Cross working for Greenpeace.
Visitors to the exhibition have a unique opportunity to explore the oceans via a special Virtual Reality Experience. In addition to viewing the photographs and virtual reality experience, visitors can also send their own message urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to send a high-ranking minister to the final round of treaty negotiations. Younger visitors will be able to enjoy some colouring of specially designed Greenpeace posters
The exhibition ends on Thursday 6 February with a fun quiz and social evening starting at 7.30pm. The entry fee of £3 per person will go towards Greenpeace campaigns and people are welcome to come as a team or individuals can come and join a team on the night.
The Greenpeace mission is to secure a Global Ocean Treaty, agreed at the United Nations, to protect the oceans that lie outside national waters.
It wasn’t long ago that the oceans were thought to be too vast to be permanently damaged by human actions. However, the risks posed by overfishing, deep sea mining and pollution, coupled with the growing pressures of climate change and ocean acidification, mean that ocean life is more threatened than ever before in human history.
Scientists tell us that if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change and safeguard wildlife, we need to protect at least 30% of our oceans by 2030.
The exhibition is open at Alchemy 198 from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 11pm. www.alchemy198.co.uk