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art for our sea: planting hope in Margate with art

A fundraiser to plant a seagrass meadow running the full width of Margate’s Main Sands has launched:  crowdfunder.co.uk/p/art-for-our-sea

Donate. Receive art. Planet hope. That’s how the fundraiser for £20K will work. Using art to fund much needed biodiversity and climate support. Hence the name: art for our sea.

Kickstarting in Margate, Giclée archival grade art paper prints from a 14x piece collection entitled ‘Sea Bathing. A life lived with the sea’ will be offered in exchange for a donation to make a seagrass restoration project in Margate possible. Donate before Monday 4th December 2023 and you will receive your print in time for Christmas. Why not give actual hope this Christmas?

Seagrass. WTF? Flowering plants. Found in shallow, sheltered coastal waters. They purify the water. Protect us from storms. Support biodiversity. Seagrasses are ‘the lungs of the sea’ and yet, 92% of seagrass meadows have been lost in the UK in the last 100 years.

Seagrasses are also one of the planet’s most efficient stores of carbon. Seagrass sequestration of carbon is 35x faster than the rainforest. They draw carbon dioxide from the water as part of photosynthesis and trap it in the mud.

All proceeds from the 14x piece collection will go directly to the marine conservation charity Project Seagrass.

The ambition is that over the next five years 2 million tonnes of CO2 will be stored in the mud of the seabeds circling the UK. A network of marine carbon sinks funded by art to make coastal towns healthier. A citizen-led local contribution for our planet, to stabilise the impact of our emissions by decarbonising our seas.

While Britain has little rainforest to soak up its carbon dioxide emissions, it does have roughly 11,000 miles of coastline from which to create a carbon sink.

A fundraiser to plant a seagrass meadow running the full width of Margate’s Main Sands has launched:  crowdfunder.co.uk/p/art-for-our-sea

For further updates follow @artforoursea

art for our sea is a nonprofit fundraising platform that makes positive climate action possible with art. A creative response for coastal towns to care for what they hold most dear.

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