I am Joanna de Deia and I am an eco-artist. I am passionate about protecting the watery world around my adopted island home of Mallorca since 1980. I use my art work to bring about awareness as well as to generate funds on a grass roots level to support Asociacion Ondine which is working to educate and inform the public of the importance of treasuring and preserving the marine life around the Balearic islands.
I attended the recent conference of MISSION BLUE where an announcement was made that the waters surrounding the Balearic islands will become a Mission Blue HOPE SPOT, the first in the Mediterranean.
One of the questions put to Dr. Silvia Earle and the panel by some students from Queen´s College was, ¨What can we do to support? ¨ Brad said, ¨Get in the sea and explore it for starters; dive, snorkel and swim ¨. As a lover of the sea I often find that many people feel disconnected from the seas and oceans. It seems so vast and alien from life on land even if they are actually generating life on land for us by producing half or more of the oxygen we breath as well as the water that we need for life in the form of evaporation into clouds that rain on us.
When we appreciate the watery world we live on and know how important it is to life on land we will find ways to protect it.
What can we do here on Mallorca ? Simply by being conscious of not leaving our garbage on the beach which ends up in the sea is a great start. I have created ceramic murals to colorfully illustrate JUST THAT !!People of any nationality can understand the message. Three of my murals are around Cala de Deia and the next will be going to Puerto de Valldemossa sponsored by a former resident there named Ralph .
Contact me if you want to sponsor an eco-mural by your beach or cala It will inspire people to take their trash with them off the beach and reduce the amount of trash going into the sea. We can collect more garbage here on the island and fill up the garbage processing plant instead of importing rubbish from abroad.
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