Turning the Tide: An Art Project

Welcome to the official website of Turning the Tide, an ocean conservation organization.

Turning the Tide is addressing the problem of lack of ocean awareness on the issues of dead zones and plastic pollution. To battle this deficit, this organization is using art of all forms, making those problems the prime subjects. Painting, photography, writing, sketching, film, and any other creative arts will be used to raise awareness for the effect of pollution on the marine environment.

Currently, the ocean is facing several dangers—pollution, oil spills, climate change, and more are all hammering down on one of the greatest resources. The target of Turning the Tide is narrowed down to mainly pollution, which is not only destroying some of the beauty of the beaches but contributing to deaths of species all around the globe. The National Ocean Service states that over 70% of the planet is covered in water, which shows that wherever pollution originates, it can have an effect on the planet. The mission of Turning the Tide is to educate the public about the effects of plastic litter abuse, animal agriculture, and overfishing as well.

While Turning the Tide mainly targets pollution, the problem of overfishing must also be addressed. Astounding numbers of fish get caught in nets or are discarded as by-kill. This is destroying a large part of the ocean as well—the life beneath its very waves.

Through many methods, most prominently social media, Turning the Tide endeavors to capture its readers and watchers through one of the farthest-stretching words in our language—art. Using litter as art and making it a highlight of the organization, Turning the Tide will be raising awareness on how even trash can be beautiful when properly disposed of. By making pollution and overfishing a subject in the art, Turning the Tide will be targeting those problems, too.

Turning the Tide looks to raise awareness not only about these particular issues of the oceans, but the beauty that exists of this incredible world beneath the waves.

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