The Dune Project is a community-based restoration project in Cova do Vapor just a few miles from Lisbon. Aiming to regenerate the dunes on the beautiful coastline of Portugal that has been damaged due to a combination of factors; frequent storms, a lack of care and environmental protection and the global plastic waste crisis.
They have collaborated with local artists who create ocean-inspired artwork, to engage the wider audience on these issues and raise funds for the project. Along with this, they have set up awareness programs to engage the local community on a long-term basis, focusing on the importance of recycling and dune protection. By carrying out frequent beach cleans we can use the collected plastic to build a walkway infrastructure over the dunes helping to reduce erosion, increase biodiversity and natural sea defence. By using ocean plastic to build the walkways The Dune Project will create a full-cycle solution to these issues in Cova do Vapor.
Faces In Focus is a growing network of photographers, telling the stories that matter to the people who care.
Each week we feature the lives of people connected to charities and organisations around the world. From Syria to Sri Lanka, Colombia to Calais, our work spans an eclectic mix of people and cultures. Through selling prints, direct donations, or signing up to volunteer, we provide a conduit to invest in the futures of those on both sides of the lens.
Everyone has a story, what's yours?
ARTS TO EDUCATE
Abigail founded Arts2Educate in 2016. Combing art, music and drama, Arts2Educate delivers workshops in schools, art centres, libraries, holiday clubs and even shopping centres. Arts2Educate feels passionate about introducing The Arts into as many children’s (and adults) lives as possible.
Arts2Educate is collaborating with Blue.Dot.Generation to educate Primary-aged children on the dangers of plastics in our ocean. They will be delivering a range of workshops in schools prior the festival and during the festival to build children’s awareness of this topic by using music and movement, creating mini plastic sculptures and developing bigger art pieces, all from the plastic that we collect in our homes.
Arts2Educate are based by the sea in Dorset, so it is really important that young people are educated on the damage that plastic is doing to their home.