Water pollution poses a considerable threat to many aquatic species. Contaminants include chemicals, biological substances (such as manure and sewage), solid waste materials, and dirt and soil eroded from riverbanks or nearby lands.
In general, aquatic creatures are not killed outright by water contamination. A major exception is an oil spill, which can kill many creatures through direct contact. The more widespread and common threat is overall degradation of water quality and habitats due to pollutants.
The planet is warming to a degree beyond what many species can handle, altering or eliminating habitat, reducing food sources, causing drought and other species-harming severe weather events, and even directly killing species that simply can’t stand the heat. Scientists predict that if we keep going along our current greenhouse gas emissions trajectory, climate change will cause more than a third of the Earth’s animal and plant species to face extinction by 2050.
VAST Bhutan conceptualized this Installation Art to remind importance of aquatic life in our regional cultural aspects. VAST Bhutan would like to invite organizations and individuals as potential partners for the showcase their commitment and efforts made towards the cause and affects of climate change on the aquatic species. Therefore the festival became a collective effort to fight this serious problem and together engage young people to create a wider awareness, featuring creative, interactive and mass participation.
Finding new and fun ways to do something beneficial for the environment can be difficult in the culture of any community. But VAST has been able to ignite a sense of urgency towards climate change in those who stumbled upon the installations and attended the workshop.