Sea Change – World Oceans Day 2018

World Oceans Day 2018
Can you see the SEA? The ocean deserves its own day!
Tomorrow, Friday 8 June. is World Oceans Day – a global awareness day for the protection of our oceans. This year’s theme is Preventing Plastic Pollution and Encouraging Solutions for a Healthy Ocean.
On the beach with a load full of plastic litter which create the words, “SEA”, are Smiley Ngcobo from the KZNSA Gallery, little Kiyah Kok, her sister Mika Kok and Mum Pragna Parsotam-Kok – Founder and Congress Director of Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF) and publicist Illa Thompson. Hoping to create awareness around this important day and opens people’s eyes so they can SEE the damage that we are doing to our oceans. Plastic, mainly single use plastic bags, bottles and straws, is a serious problem for our oceans, and especially all the animals that call it home, but together we can be part of the solution.
Two events in Durban have a strong environmental and ecological theme. The first, ISEA2018 – the 24th International Symposium on Electronic Art, the first ISEA to be held in the African sub-continent which comes to various venues Durban from 23 – 30 June. One of the major areas of focus for ISEA2018 is the public social artistic commentary on myriad environmental issues – with interventions, research, film screenings and exhibitions with an interesting environmental / conservation / green / eco theme.
The second, Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF), a festival of films and documentaries taking place in Durban Botanic Gardens from July 16 – 18. NEWF are inviting emerging documentary makers to pitch their ideas to the NEW Pitch Competition – designed to fund the production of documentary-shorts to kick-start the next generation of nature, environment, wildlife and adventure filmmakers. Deadline for entries to NEW Pitch is this Sunday, 10 June.
This weekend there is a number of clean up events, where you can participate and make a difference. For more info you can visit

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