The Odyssey Trust and Belfast City Council have joined forces to launch a new campaign today, Earth to Odyssey, which is designed to inspire families across Northern Ireland to ‘Make A Change’ and protect our planet.
The campaign, which will run throughout February and March, will highlight key environmental issues and provide guidance on how small changes can have a big and positive impact in the long term.
Earth to Odyssey will be supported by a packed programme of events including the amazing ‘Gaia’ touring artwork of the earth by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter, Gaia features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. The exhibition will be open at W5 from 2nd – 24th February.
‘Fish out of Water’ by local artist Alan Cargo – one of four outdoor sculptures which have been made from recycled materials - will be located at the Odyssey complex throughout campaign. ‘Make A Change’ environmental education workshops will take place at W5 running on selected dates from 2nd February – 17th March and the live show Blue Planet II will be on at The SSE Arena, Belfast on 23rd March.
Wendy Langham, Head of Social Affairs at the Odyssey Trust, said:
“We are very excited to launch ‘Earth to Odyssey’ today alongside our partners Belfast City Council. We know that by making small changes collectively we can make a significant impact for the environment and we are looking forward to encouraging more people to get involved and share their own ideas.
Alongside our own programme of events there are even more ways for members of the public to join in with environmental themed events in the 2019 NI Science Festival such as ‘The Problem with Plastics with Liz Bonnin’ and ‘Wild Weather, Physics and Climate Change'.”
Councillor Kate Nicholl, Chair of People and Communities Committee in Belfast City Council said:
“Belfast City Council is delighted to partner with the Odyssey Trust on Earth to Odyssey. Through the Belfast Agenda, the council has committed to creating a greener, cleaner city for all and to achieve this ambition we need to reduce waste levels as well as increase recycling rates. The Earth to Odyssey campaign provides the perfect opportunity to use our sculptures to help our residents visualise the amount of unnecessary waste we create in Belfast, providing a stimulus to reduce waste and think about recycling more.”
For a full ‘Earth to Odyssey’ programme click here
Harry Doherty (age seven) holds 'One World' by Mark Wallinger