#rainforest2reef enviro/arts project launched

Zion Levy, Carol Atkins and Julian Gray at The Magic Pot in Mullumbimby celebrating the launch of the #rainforest2reef campaign. Jeff Dawson.

Creating connections and understanding the interweb of life and our environment is the driving force behind Rainforest Rescue’s latest campaign to help protect Australian rainforest and reef #rainforest2reef.

Local artists Carol Atkins and Zion Levy Stewart  have been selected to take part in the combined enviro/arts project which has been initiated to highlight the significance of the Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage areas in far north Queensland.

The project has been inspired not only by the amazing and rich biodiversity and natural beauty, but also the connectivity and fragility of these two internationally important areas according to Rainforest Rescue.

Twenty-one artworks have been selected and curated into sets of three combining and image of the rainforest, one of the reef and an image that connects the two. The images have been printed on non-plastic, recyclable and compostable cups to help promote the campaign. Each image tells a tale about an area or an animal or event such as a flood. You can look at to find out more about each of the stories behind the image.

The BioPak art series cups are now available from coffee shops across Australia and New Zealand, including the Northern Rivers.

‘I live in paradise and want all the animals birds and trees to be safe,’ said local artist Zion about why he’s involved with the campaign.

‘I also love to swim in the ocean and paint the fish and blue sea.’

Carol Atkins a Byron Bay artist is drawn to the panorama of the ocean, beaches and tropical areas and the beautiful palette they offer.  Says the reason she got involved the campaign is because she wants ‘Trees and clean ocean for the next generation, this will help raise awareness of how we can all help and support this wonderful and very important campaign.’

How can you hep? BioPak are donating $1 for every Instagram image of the cups with the #rainforest2reef hashtag so now is the time to get online.

‘We’re honoured to be working with such a diverse range of artists who can help tell the story of these special places and why they need protecting,’ says Rainforest Rescue CEO Julian Gray.

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