EUCC-D Exhibition „Mensch ∙ Müll ∙ Meer“

The ever-growing piles of waste are not only a problem on shore. They are also a threat to the flora and fauna of our oceans. Especially the high amounts of plastic and the chemicals it contains have negative effects on the marine food chain.  In recent years, the issue of microplastic has received a more and more attention in the science world, since some organisms such as fish and mussels have begun to built plastic into their tissue. The long-term effects and the consequences for human beings, however, have not been sufficiently explored yet.

Within the European-wide MARLISCO project, an exibition on marine litter was created. This exhibition will be shown simoultaneously in 14 countries. Through bilingual information material and installations, the issue is explored from different perspective. The exhibition's design concept is based on the use of oil barrels, which are a symbol of marine pollution for many people. 

In Germany, EUCC-D was in charge of the implementation. A special emphasis is put on regional coastal areas such as the Baltic Sea. In addition, the exhibition„Mensch ∙ Müll ∙ Meer“  (human-waste-sea) is also addressing its youngest visitors. Illustrator Christoph Tillmann (creator of the popular children's television show "Löwenzahn") has created a banner for children specifically for our exhibition. On this banner Lup, Lars und der Leuchtturm  (Lup, Lars and the lighthouse) take young and old visitors alike on the journey of our waste until it ends up in the sea. The exhibition is further complemented by a video installation, showing the German winning videos of the MARLISCO video competition. Children and teenagers between the ages 10-18 explain the issue of marine litter in their two-minute videos and suggest their own solutions to the problem.

In 2014 the exibition was hosted for five months at the Marine Museum in Stralsund. During that time, 110.174 visitors took the time to learn more about marine litter. Between 27 January to 21 March 2015 the exhibtion was shown at the University of Neubrandenburg.

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