«Out to Sea? The Plastic Garbage Project»
23 March – 30 June 2017
It is widely documented that plastics are accumulating in our oceans in the form of garbage, from large scale to nano-scale. But the problem still suffers from being "out of sight, out of mind". We see "Out to Sea?" as more than a traveling exhibition about garbage: it is an urgent wake-up call about all forms of waste that end up in our global oceans ... and what we can do about it. It also provides education and engagement opportunities for everyone, from companies to schools to individual citizens and citizen groups.
PLIMSOLL Stina Axelsson, ART. 27 Gunilla Hedén, and AtKisson Europe AB have brought "Out to Sea?" to Stockholm, in partnership with Tekniska Museet (The Swedish Museum of Science and Technology), for a number of special reasons:
Sweden and Fiji have committed to being the global leaders on the implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 — the global goal, agreed to by all countries, to conserve our oceans and make our use of them more sustainable. This goal includes, as its first Target, preventing and reducing marine pollution.
Sweden and Fiji will together sponsor the first-ever UN high-level "Conference on the Oceans and Seas" in June 2017, in New York. We want to help bring more attention to that conference, both locally in Sweden, and internationally, using the exhibit as a platform for social media communication.
Numerous other agencies and organizations in Sweden have a stake in this exhibition, and will use it to help raise awareness on ocean-and-sea related issues.
We believe "Out to Sea?" will grab attention locally, and reach out nationally through national media, helping to raise awareness and potentially "making waves" all the way to the SDG 14 conference in New York, in June 2017.
Since its start in 1936, the National Museum of Science and Technology has received millions of children and adults curious to see, feel, touch and understand technology in our society. The National Museum of Science and Technology is Sweden’s biggest museum of technology, and has a national charter to preserve Sweden's technical and industrial history as part of its cultural heritage.