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CABP displays marine-litter exhibition in seaside resorts

A plastic bottle overgrown with shellfish, a piece of fishing net, flaccid balloons with a ribbon, frozen polyurethane foam - any rubbish collected on the beach can become a work of art. The most interesting rubbish "treasures of the Baltic Sea" is shown in the exhibition accompanying the Baltic Odyssey campaign organised by Credit Agricole Bank Polska and EFL together with ecologist and traveller Dominik Dobrowolski.

The Baltic Odyssey is the first such educational campaign in Poland. Volunteers, as well as residents of seaside towns, employees of national parks, scouts and tourists from all over Poland march together on the beach along the entire Polish Baltic Sea coast - from Świnoujście to Piaski. The 500-kilometre route is divided into ten stages.


Every month, on a chosen weekend, the participants of the action walk and clean up about 50 kilometres of the beach and clean it from rubbish. During the five months of the action they have already collected hundreds of bags of garbage. Not all garbage could be taken away from the beach. Along the way, the participants found, among others, a dozen or so big tractor tyres, fishing nets covered with sand, signal buoys, and even the shells of refrigerators or parts of fishing boats. There were also a lot of smaller specimens: children's shoes and adult flip-flops, plastic paddles and rakes, and above all bottles and cans. There are also microwaste, micro plastics in the sand and water, which are similar to grains of sand and can no longer be removed from the environment.


- I am frightened by the amount of this rubbish on the beach. Every thing has a story and once served someone. And now it is proof of the devastation to which we are giving our world and a message and a "gift" for future generations that we don't care about their fate - says Dominik Dobrowolski, the initiator of the Baltic Odyssey.


To make the message of the action more loud, the organizers decided to choose the most interesting of these "Baltic treasures" and show them to the world, their producers and consumers to take responsibility for their trash! The photos were taken by Dobromił Nosek, an artist photographer. As Dominik Dobrowolski argues, they are really intriguing, stimulating the imagination and can be shown in the biggest galleries.


- According to the rule: what the eyes can't see, they don't feel sorry for their hearts - so when they see, they will cry. We want to open people's eyes to the ugly side of the world we live in and encourage them to take care of the environment every day. You don't have to do great things. To start with, it is enough not to litter, segregate waste and dispose of it in appropriate containers - convinces the ecologist.


The exhibition will be shown throughout the summer in the most popular seaside resorts. To start with, from 13th to 28th June in Łeba and Ustka simultaneously. Later, it will also go to Gdańsk, Hel, Międzyzdroje, Sopot and Świnoujście. Within four months, it will be possible for at least one million people to see it.


The organizers of the Baltic Odyssey are: Dominik Dobrowolski, Credit Agricole bank and EFL company, and the action is a part of a wider #mniejplastiku education campaign.

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