Ocean art at State Department illustrates threat to marine life

It’s not every day that a sculpture of a massive, brightly colored fish named Priscilla greets visitors to the U.S. Department of State in Washington. This work of art is made of plastic debris recovered from the ocean.

The 3-meter-long parrot fish represents one of the challenges world leaders are trying to tackle as they meet during the September 15–16 Our Ocean conference: how to protect and preserve the world’s waters and the creatures that live there.

Our Ocean sign outside State Department building (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)
The conference focuses on several issues, including pollution and climate-related impacts on the ocean. (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

The artist who turns trash into art, Angela Haseltine Pozzi, isn’t trying to make people feel guilty about using plastic; she wants them to take action.

So do the conference leaders, including President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. There are ways you can help preserve the ocean.

You can follow the proceedings at #OurOcean and @StateDeptOES.