SeaWorld® Yas Island, Abu Dhabi and GEMS Education Unite to Combat Plastic Pollution

March 5, 2024

SeaWorld® Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, the region’s first Marine Life Theme Park, is delighted to announce their collaboration with GEMS Education, one of the world’s largest private school operators, bringing together 42 schools to actively participate in a community clean-up initiative. This joint initiative aims to raise awareness and educate the public about single use plastic pollution and its impact on marine life.

Classrooms across GEMS schools were encouraged to submit videos of themselves cleaning up their local communities, with the winning classroom being awarded a trip to SeaWorld Abu Dhabi. The winning classroom’s video was showcased on the park’s large screens, amplifying the message of environmental responsibility to a broader audience.

In addition to the competition, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will be displaying an inspiring blue whale sculpture that was created using recycled plastic by the collective effort of students and dedicated teachers from Dubai’s GEMS Legacy School. It took more than 800 hours of painstaking work to turn discarded plastic into this magnificent tribute to marine life. Measuring a remarkable 18 meters in length, the sculpture comes close to the actual size of these majestic marine giants, which typically range from 21 to 24 meters and will be on display at the guest parking of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi.

SeaWorld® Yas Island, Abu Dhabi General Manager, Thomas Kaferle, said: “SeaWorld® Yas Island, Abu Dhabi is honored to join forces with GEMS Education to champion a sustainable future for our planet. By promoting responsible practices and engaging the community, we aim to ensure that our ocean and marine life continue to thrive for generations to come.”

Crafted from 8,000 plastic bottles and 1,000 plastic bags, this limited-time-only installation stands as a symbol of the strong commitment of the participating children and teachers towards environmental conservation. This eco-friendly project was built with the aim of improving climate literacy by engaging young minds in creative activities.

Mrs. Asha Alexander, CEO/Principal of GEMS Legacy School, Dubai and Executive Leader – Climate Change of GEMS Education, said: “I am thrilled to see the whale artifact finding its place at SeaWorld, Abu Dhabi. It stands as a powerful symbol of the collaborative efforts of GEMS Education staff and students in raising awareness about plastic pollution. Together, we’re making a meaningful impact and inspiring others to join us in safeguarding our oceans and marine life.”

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