In the fourth episode of our "Stand Up for Reefs" podcast series, host Kate Holden tackles how people can engage with coral reef protection from a variety of access points. As we discussed in episode 3 with Ellen Cuylaerts, one does not have to be a scientist to understand, care about, and make a di
Publish Date: Jul 20, 2021
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In the fourth episode of our "Stand Up for Reefs" podcast series, host Kate Holden tackles how people can engage with coral reef protection from a variety of access points. As we discussed in episode 3 with Ellen Cuylaerts, one does not have to be a scientist to understand, care about, and make a difference for our oceans and our planet. People of all ages and from all walks of life may have different reasons that the ocean is personally meaningful and worthy of protection to them. As podcast host Kate Holden discusses, early engagement with nature and the ocean has been proven to increase pro-environmental behaviour in adulthood. The children of today are also growing up with an ocean that is definitely facing challenges, an ocean that needs us to go beyond caring about and moving to ‘do something about’. But many people find the threats facing our oceans too complex or too dire to even begin to engage with. This is a challenge for scientists, educators and conservationists, as we try to communicate the gravity and urgency of the state of our oceans and planet without overwhelming people and making them feel powerless.
CCMI's guest for this episode, Sarah McDougall, trained as a Theatre Costume designer in Liverpool and had a successful career as a costumier for 21 years, including working at the Royal Ballet, as well as TV and film. Sarah then shifted gears and trained as a teacher specialising in Art and Design. In 2019, Sarah partnered with CCMI for the first time, via her class at the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre, or CIFEC, on our Healthy Reefs Campaign. From that time, her students in each year's cohort have created art projects with CCMI as the client to support our Healthy Reefs Campaign. Through their artwork, the students are engaging with the issues facing oceans and then creating something genuinely beautiful out of it.
Kate and Sarah discuss art as a point of entry into science, and how insight gained by working on the Healthy Reefs project has helped Sarah's students increase their understanding and achieve academic success.
To see examples of artwork created by Sarah's students, visit the online gallery on CCMI's website: https://reefresearch.org/standup4reefs/cifec_2021/
View examples of Sarah's artwork: https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky/artist/sarah-mcdougall/
Learn more about CCMI at https://reefresearch.org/
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