Giant dead whale artwork sends environmental pollution warning

NAIC, Cavite — The public can gaze and learn lessons from a giant whale artwork made of plastics scraps and trash mounted on Saturday by the Greenpeace-Philippines advocates at the Sea Side Beach Resort, Barangay Kalsada in this southwestern Cavite coastal town.

Greenpeace-Philippines advocates coupled with ingenuity and creativity of Filipino volunteers and Naic “Bantay Dagat” members assembled the giant whale montage to symbolize unabated pollution of the seas and the environment.

Shaped like a dead giant whale that laid grounded at the beach, the colorful art work measuring 73 feet long and weighing approximately 60 kilos, is made of assorted trash and plastic bottles collected from the Naic neighborhood and those retrieved from the coastline.

The giant whale figure imparts the message to every Filipino including ASEAN-member states that plastic pollution kills whales, fishes and pollutes the ocean, seas and rivers, said Angelica Pago, Greenpeace-PHL media campaign organizer.

Pago also appealed to companies to curb if not stop the use of plastic products like containers and plastic bottles carelessly dumped and strewn everywhere.

“We are mounting this art work as a wake-up call especially among ASEAN countries where half of the plastic pollution around the world came from,” Pago claimed.

She said that thrown plastics especially bottles pollute and spoil tourist spots like Boracay and other scenic sites.

The Greenpeace media campaigner also plans to mount similar giant whale artwork made of plastic scraps in Visayas and Mindanao.

Yeb Sano, also a Greenpeace-PHL member, told PNA that the whale artwork symbolized how the lives of whales were endangered since they were vulnerable to swallowing transparent plastic materials that could cause poisoning and death to sea creatures.

Jessie Dualan, 49 year-old “Bantay Dagat” (sea guardians) member and a Barangay Kalsada villager here, said that he and 12 other members usually collect plastic bottles and plastic trash and other garbage drifted at the shoreline and would bring these to the Naic Municipal Hall.

Dualan said that their daily routine was part of the Naic Mayor Junio Dualan’s advocacy for a clean environment that led to the passage of a town ordinance that imposes a “ban on the use of plastics” in all markets, stores, restaurants, department stores, drug stores and other establishments.

Plastic scraps collected will be impounded in an area near the town hall where foundation staff and workers of Senator Cynthia Villar collect these every two to three weeks.

The plastic garbage and assorted trash are then brought to Las Piñas City where these will be recycled into school chairs and tables to be donated to public schools, said Dualan. Rogelio Limpin/PNA –