Non-profit organization’s initiative encourages beachgoers to dispose of trash responsibly and donates proceeds to benefit local worthy causes
LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Guy Harvey, Ph.D., world-renowned artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer recently donated six of his personal designs to the “Creative Cans in the Sand” initiative. The designs were unveiled during the Port Canaveral Seafood & Music Festival on February 26-28.
The initiative was born as a love project from Brevard County natives Bobby and Nikki Freeman, who developed a deep desire to protect the Space Coast beaches. The main goal of this non-profit organization is to encourage beachgoers to dispose of their trash responsibly and by doing so, raise the visibility of the Space Coast as having one of the best beaches in the world and donate any proceeds to benefit local worthy causes.
“Creative Cans in the Sand” has been endorsed by politicians, government officials, prominent businesses and famous artists. Among those famous artists is Guy Harvey, who shares the same love for the environment and enthusiasm for conservationism, as the Freemans do.
“I am delighted that my artwork is being included in the ‘Creative Cans in the Sand’ project,” said Dr. Harvey. “Marine debris, especially plastics, is having hugely negative impacts on our ocean ecosystem and the first step towards keeping our oceans clean is keeping our beaches clean. ‘Creative Cans in the Sand’ is a great way to encourage beachgoers to dispose of their trash properly.”
For those who didn’t have a chance to see the cans in display during the festival, they will be installed at the Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach and Cheri Down Park in Cape Canaveral.
For more information, or to volunteer or sponsor the Creative Cans in the Sand program, e-mail [email protected] or call 321-639-1694. You can also log on to the Creative Cans in the Sand Facebook page at Facebook.com/creativecansinthesand
About Guy Harvey:
Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer, fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea. His childhood passion for the ocean and its living creatures not only inspired him to draw, but fueled a burning interest that prompted a formal education in marine science. Having graduated with honors in Marine Biology from Aberdeen University in Scotland in 1977, Guy returned home to Jamaica to resume his education, earning his Ph.D. from the University of the West Indies in 1984. Though he gave up a budding career as a marine biologist for that of a highly acclaimed artist, Guy has continued his relentless pursuit to unravel the mysteries of the sea, traveling the world to better understand the habits and habitats of the marine wildlife he paints. For more information, please visit www.guyharvey.com.
About the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation:
The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation is an organization of philanthropists, conservationists, scientists and educators that emphasize sensible strategies for promoting ocean conservation and the development of the next generation of marine scientists. The foundation funds research and educational programs developed by universities, colleges, institutes and nonprofit organizations.