This morning, over 800 local children and volunteers teamed together to form an image of Hong Kong’s legendary trash monster “Lap Sap Chung” on Repulse Bay Beach. The aerial art image carried a powerful educational message about protecting the ocean environment with “Lap Sap Chung”, or Trashzilla, a cartoon monster who feeds off plastic trash, acting as a reminder to all to keep the waters clean from plastic pollution that endangers sea life and the health of the ocean.
The young ocean ambassadors came from schools across Hong Kong and Macau to volunteer to be involved in the educationally rewarding and meaningful day, bridging youth across the Pearl River Delta. The large aerial art image was designed by nine year old Ty Curnow, aged 9, from The International School of Macao, who won the School’s Ocean Protection Drawing Competition organised by Hong Kong-based NGO Ocean Recovery Alliance. Another winner of the drawing competition was Henry Sung, aged 11, from the local school, Kwai Ming Wu Memorial School of the Precious Blood, whose drawing of a cleaning crab will made into a ceramic plaque which will be installed on public pavements. Ocean Recovery Alliance’s “Grate Art” project has placed artist designed plaques above storm drains across Hong Kong to act as a colourful reminder that litter in the drains leads directly to the ocean.
“This is the 4th Kids Ocean Day in Hong Kong to engage hundreds of kids and volunteers to spread an environmental message; this year we have chosen to make an impact through renewing the collective memory of “Lap Sap Chung”, the famous local trash monster who reminded the community not to litter. This recent spotting in Hong Kong reminds us all that we can do more to keep our waters and streets clean, educating the public that plastic pollution thrown onto streets also pollutes our waters as it is washed into storm drains which lead directly to the ocean,” says Doug Woodring, Co-Founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance.
(from left to right) Aerial Artist John Quigley from Spectral Q, Founder of Kids Ocean Day Michael Klubock, winner of School’s Ocean Protection Drawing Competition Ty Curnow, Co-Founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance Doug Woodring
Credit: Ocean Recovery Alliance/Malibu Foundation/Spectral Q/ Chad Gardella photography
Michael Klubock, the Founder of Kids Ocean Day, which was conceived in the U.S. in 1994, says, “Kids Ocean Day is about alerting us all to the need of protecting the ocean from the everyday trash and plastic litter that is thrown on streets which sadly often ends up in our waters, killing marine life and polluting our food resources.”
Ben Ridley, Credit Suisse Asia Pacific Head of Sustainability Affairs, the event’s Title Sponsor, says, “Credit Suisse is delighted to support environmental education through Kids Ocean Day, and to help spread this message of our collective responsibility to protect nature around the World.”