The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) estimates that 80% of rubbish found in the ocean comes from land, much of which gets washed into our waters from our streets and communities via storm drains, gutters and sewage systems. In fact, storm drains are one of the largest conduits for carrying rubbish from land to sea.
At a time when Hong Kong has experienced unprecedented levels of rubbish washed up on coastlines and beaches, the need to inform and educate the public of the detrimental effects of littering onto streets and into storm grates became more important than ever. Awareness was needed to remind the public that we are all linked to the ocean, even when walking down the street.
Launched by NGO Ocean Recovery Alliance, ‘Grate Art’ is a Hong Hong project and one of the first environmental undertakings which combines local art with storm drain pollution awareness.