One peace a day

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The One Peace A Day project consisted of a team of dedicated students who constructed a life size whale built out of plastic waste to raise awareness on the dangers of plastic pollution and the importance of recycling. The whale was on display for a day at the Huntington City Beach, where many people could interact with the art piece and the students. Through this long term project, students were able to gain the recognition from the Orange County State Supervisor and use their work to continue a legacy of environmental advocacy and education.

Whale Project

Hungtinton Beach, California

In 2017, researchers in Norway discovered a dying whale whose stomach was full of over 30 discarded plastic bags. After failed attempts to rescue it, the Norway team determined that the waste in the whale’s stomach made it impossible for it to absorb nutrients from food, and thus made the decision to humanely put it down. It was a disturbing and shocking revelation about how rampant and damaging plastic pollution could be on the environment.

In order to spread awareness and raise money to alleviate the situation, we IVA initiated the first of our project series on environmental awareness. The One Peace A Day project consisted of a team of dedicated students who came together to create an educational art piece and raise awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution. The sculpture, a giant life-sized whale decorated with string-lights, was constructed with plastic waste to symbolize the importance of recycling and the effects that plastic pollution has on our oceans. Each team member collected PVC pipes, discarded bags, and plastic bottles to form the main body of the whale, while the skeleton was constructed from a reusable trash can and pencil holders. In addition to these individualized efforts, the collective team worked together to fund-raise for the building materials necessary to construct the whale itself.

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