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Moscow felt the breath of the Arctic
14 september 2020
Icebergs, ice hummocks, rocky coasts of the northern islands, colonies of arctic birds, whales, walruses and polar bears appeared on the streets of the Russian capital. The photo exhibition "Living Seas of the Russian Arctic" was opened on Tverskoy Boulevard today. A unique project was presented by the WWF-Russia and the Golden Turtle International Wildlife Festival.
As Elena Khanga, famous journalist who hosted the opening ceremony, noted, the photo exhibition is designed to draw attention to the topic of marine protected areas (PAs) and show how beautiful and rich in life the Arctic seas are and how important it is to take care of their sustainable development.
“Now the northern seas are under the scrutiny of the whole world. Climate change, growing shipping intensity, the development of mining companies, active fishing and tourism are all growing threats to life in Arctic waters, - said Dmitry Gorshkov, Director of WWF-Russia at the opening ceremony. - It is important to maintain a fragile natural balance. That is why WWF implements many projects in the Arctic, developing protection measures not only for terrestrial, but also for key marine areas. I hope that the exhibition will draw attention to our work and to this amazing region."
The exposition - 64 pictures, which capture the rare flora and fauna of such unique territories as the Gydan and the Russian Arctic National Parks, the Wrangel Island, Nenetsky and Bear Islands nature reserves. Guests of the exhibition will be able to "visit" the amazing and inaccessible corners of the Russian Arctic: the Severnaya Zemlya (Nothern Land) and Franz Josef Land archipelagoes, the coasts of Chukotka and Taimyr peninsulas.
“The GOLDEN TURTLE International Wildlife Festival is a large-scale environmental education project aimed at changing the environmental awareness and behavior of people. We have chosen a very clear and simple strategy for ourselves - to convey important and meaningful information not with the help of restrictions or edifications, but through creativity and art, using social and cultural codes that are understandable to anyone on the planet, - said the President of the Golden Turtle International Wildlife Festival Andrey Sukhinin. - Human intervention in wildlife often leads not only to changes in food chains and migration routes of animals, but often to the extinction of some species. And the situation can be remedied only together, by joining the efforts of the state, public and commercial organizations, and a large number of caring people. Events such as this exhibition are an illustration of such effective interaction, together we make our contribution to the solution of important issues of a truly planetary scale."
The Living Seas of the Russian Arctic brought together a whole galaxy of talented authors - participants and winners of the Golden Turtle international competition, members of the Union of Wildlife Photographers, friends and employees of WWF-Russia.
“The Arctic is a territory of attraction for a photographer. Having appeared here at least once, he is forever imbued with the energy of the northern spirit and tries to convey his unexpected sensual discovery to the audience, - the chairman of the Union of Wildlife Photographers Viktor Tyakht shared his emotions. - But it is the photographer who sees a lot that brings bitterness to this love for the Arctic region. And today he wants not so much to show the beautiful and new as to reach out to society with the message: “The world is on the edge of the abyss. Look at what we are losing by supplementing the coming global warming and degradation of species with unwise use of natural resources.”
Each guest will also be able to contribute to the conservation of the Arctic nature. Having scanned the QR code under each photo, one can go to the WWF website and support the project “The Arctic - a safe home for everyone”, aimed at preventing human - polar bear conflicts in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug. And the second QR code will give an opportunity to visit the events of the Golden Turtle festival free of charge.
The exhibition will run until October 31, 2020.
The photo project "Living Seas of the Russian Arctic" is supported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation and the Department of Nature Management and Environmental Protection of the city of Moscow.