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We Are the Ocean exhibition to highlight the need to protect our ocean

Princesshay, in collaboration with the University of Exeter is bringing the legacy of the We Are The Possible international programme to the heart of Exeter until September 2024.

We Are The Possible is a collaborative international programme that co-creates new narratives to imagine a liveable future for all. Through science, health, education, and the arts, the programme has brought together thousands of people from the UK and UAE to reflect upon the plight of our planet and deliver a creative and inspiring response to catalyse climate action and solutions at COP28 Climate Change Conference in Dubai and beyond.

In 2023, the University of Exeter twinned 14 coastal schools in the UK and UAE as part of the Schools Across The Ocean programme. Over 400 children aged 10-12 worked with marine scientists, teachers, writers, translators, and artists to find out about and share how all living things on the planet rely on a healthy ocean. The programme inspired the children to propose actionable solutions to protect our ocean.

Visitors to Princesshay will be able to Discover, Connect, and Be Inspired by We Are the Ocean children’s poetry and artwork displayed on large window spaces and wrapping columns.

Michelle Menezes, Princesshay Centre Manager said “To host this wonderful exhibition that has been created with so much passion and meaning is a privilege. We are always looking at ways to support the community and support sustainable initiatives, this is the perfect partnership.”

Cecilia Mañosa Nyblon, Director, We Are the Possible, University of Exeter said “Children’s words matter. As we proceed through the UN Decade for the Ocean, We Are the Ocean children’s poetry and artwork is a powerful call to action uniting children in the UK and UAE to safeguard what we value most. We are hugely grateful to Princesshay

for this wonderful collaboration to bring this legacy to the heart of our city to connect hearts and minds for our ocean. Together ‘we are the possible’ who can ensure the planet flourishes for future generations”

We Are The Possible is a partnership between the Met Office, the Emirates Literature Foundation, Khorfakkan University, British Institute for Modern Music (BIMM), The

Theatre of Others, and other collaborators and was funded by the British Embassy in United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Met Office, and UKRI.

To celebrate the exhibition Princesshay is hosting a We Are The Ocean celebration including live performances, children’s poetry performances in English and Arabic, award winning Sounds of the Ocean film, and more in Princesshay Square on Tuesday 25th June from 4pm – 6pm.

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