Purpose and Values
Milan and Qingdao, 16th October 2023 – SEA BEYOND, the educational programme developed by the Prada Group and IOC/UNESCO, brought the “Ocean&Climate Village” travelling exhibition beyond Italian borders, for the first time to China. The exhibition was hosted on October 14th and 15th in Qingdao (Qingdao Haitian Center, floor 81st and 82nd), a coastal city home to prestigious marine research centers, with a high concentration of professors specialized in ocean.
The exhibition, specifically designed for students from elementary to secondary school, has seen a high level of attendance by the local community and visited by more than 5,000 people over the two days.
The “Ocean&Climate Village” – originally created in 2021 by IOC/UNESCO as part of the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development – aims at raising awareness of the importance of the ocean among new generations, exploring the link between ocean and climate, and at the same time empowering young people to become active agents of change.
21 young biologists from the local marine institutes volunteered as guides, driving the attendants across the five subject areas of the exhibition: “The ocean planet”, “A changing climate”, “Focus: China case study”, “Marine biodiversity and eco-systems”, “Solutions for the ocean we want”.
Several activities were carried out during the event. On the first day, two panels discussion took place, while the second day two workshops were carried out by UCCA Foundation for Art and Education, conceived to convey ocean literacy principles through arts and creativity, to ensure kids learn in a practical and simple way.