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I keep imagining a future beyond oil... a life without plastics and yet where plastic fragments of our Oil Age lives continue to wash up on the shore. I often think about what future generations will make of these objects (what they might think they are and how they might use them) - and what they might think about us.

The Museum of Beyond imagines this future... seeing the present through future eyes.

Explore our collections, contribute, enjoy... and, above all, let’s spread the word about reducing our fossil fuel use, in particular cutting back our use of plastics and disposing of what we use more responsibly.

Fran Crowe, founder and curator of the Museum of Beyond

   

 

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PLASTICS AND OUR OCEANS

In 2006, the UN Environment Programme estimated that there were on average 46000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of sea. They predicted that the amounts would double every two or three years.

Plastics endure in the marine environment indefinitely: items from the birth of plastics are washing up on our shores, virtually unscathed. Disposal of plastics in our oceans is not just harming wildlife now (the same UNEP report estimated that 100,000 marine mammals and turtles, and over one million seabirds are dying every year due to entanglement with or ingestion of marine plastics), we are also providing a toxic legacy that may last an eternity.

We can all make a difference in helping to reduce the problem of plastics in our oceans.
For helpful ideas and action read more...

       
       
 

OIL AND PLASTICS

The oil we use to make plastics is derived almost entirely from the compressed buried remains of microscopic aquatic algae and bacteria. Energy from the sun, which fuelled the growth of these tiny organisms many millions of years ago, has been converted into oil which we rely on to fuel our 21st century lifestyles. Although global fossil fuel consumption continues to grow, the supplies of fossil fuels are finite and will one day run out. Moreover, in order to prevent calamitous climate change, the vast majority of scientific opinion agrees that most of the fossil fuels that remain should stay buried in the ground.

And yet still we squander these precious oil reserves by mass-producing billions of plastic items every day (many of which are single use), which contribute to global climate change in their production (and perhaps in their use) and which will last indefinitely in the natural environment.

Plastics, like diamonds, are forever...

 
 
       

JOIN IN!

We are always looking our for new items for the museum and your ideas are warmly welcomed.

if you have found an interesting object washed up on a beach, which you would like to contribute to the Museum of Beyond, just email a photograph and a short description (from the future looking back) to the Museum. Or - if you are uncertain what your object might be - send us a photo and our experts will try to work it out. Do keep the object safe as we may want to include it in one of our pop-up museum events.

Note: all additions to the Museum of Beyond are at the curator's discretion.

 

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THE MUSEUM NEEDS YOU!

If you have ideas for a collaboration or want
to suggest a venue for the Museum,
please do get in touch...
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to see more of Fran's work, visit www.flyintheface.com

 

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