Standing at the shore, you gaze over the glittering ocean all the way to the horizon. Far in the distance you think you glimpse a tail splash into the sea. You imagine diving into the cool salt water and swimming through the swaying seagrass meadows, rich with life on and on into the depths where the blue whales play...
Our Oceans cover 70% of the Earth's surface and yet more than 80% remains unexplored to Western science. It may be this unknowing, this lack of familiarity that has lead to humans' negligence and destruction of the seas. However, conservation efforts show how working with nature from a place of reciprocity, love and respect - rather than working against nature as a resource for us to use - we can begin to restore what has been lost.
After a tough year, these designs celebrate the hope of what can be if we begin to work in relationship with the more-than-human world.
Greetings card set contains:
2 x Blue whale greetings card
2 x Seagrass greetings card
Size: 10.5 x 14.8 cm Envelope: recycled brown fleck Kraft Card: 300gsm 100% recycled card Medium: watercolour, Photoshop
Blue whale greetings card
Front: HOPE. Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus Inside: blank Back: Blue whales are the largest mammal on Earth and live for 80-90 years. Despite this, they are mysterious creatures and we know little about their complex behaviours and interactions. This is partly because they are shy and partly because there are so few around. Blue whales were aggressively hunted in the 1900s for whale oil. Their numbers fell from around 250,000 in 1800s to around 400 in 1966. That year blue whales were legally protected from commercial hunting and since then their numbers have slowly grown to around 20,000 today. It is an example about how a coordinated global effort saved a near extinct animal. This design is inspired by ‘Hope’ the Blue Whale skeleton in the National History Museum’s Hintze Hall.
Seagrass greetings card
Front: Sow seeds of HOPE. Dwarf eelgrass, Zostera nolti Inside:blank Back:Many years ago, underwater seagrass meadows grew lush and green in the shallow depths of Britain’s oceans. These dense grasslands slowed the currents, allowing nutrients to settle and wildlife to thrive. Algae, anemones, seahorses, jellyfish, young flatfish, wildfowl, molluscs and worms all found nourishment and a home in the grasses. Today, Britain has lost an estimated 90% of these meadows from its seas due to disease, pollution, dredging and coastal development. Ecologists from the Seagrass Ocean Rescue project are now sowing seagrass seeds in Dale Bay, Pembrookshire, to regenerate sesagrass meadows and help tackle climate change (seagrass is responsible for an estimated 15% of the ocean’s total carbon absorption). They are sowing seeds of hope.