In 2008 Paulo Grageon, acclaimed artist and sculptor, created 1600+ Pandas alongside WWF-France to represent the numbers of pandas that were left in the wild. These pandas were created as paper mache sculptures, made of recycled paper to advocate the importance of conserving our worlds natural resources.
The human's exceeding demand for building infrastructure, roads, and other industrial development is the root cause of the world's ecological habitats continually being destroyed. Yet, the world continues to take the homes of thousands of animals, threatening the population of animals to the point of extinction.
"1600 Pandas World Tour in Hong Kong: Creativity meets Conversation", was first launched in 2008 in Hong Kong alongside the ARR. Grageon's innovative project aims to educate people on the importance of sustainable development, and how our actions every day could compromise the days yet to come.
The tour started in Hong Kong, but with the engagement and publicity received the panda's traveled worldwide. Destinations included 10 major Asian cities, a couple pit stops in Europe, and a trip to North America.
Although the exhibit is assembled and portrayed as an art piece, the alarming factor is that the world's entire wild panda population is right in front of your eyes.
This exhibit was created and on display a couple of years ago, however, the issue is still extant. 2019's Global Risk Report indicates that our world continues to focus on renewing and rebuilding infrastructure. The increase in infrastructure can help in developmental aspects of our society, but it also continues to increase the vulnerability of environments that should remain untouched, and unharmed.
The industrialization today has reached a point where air, water, soil, and habitats are in constant danger. Even when efforts are made to reduce the issues, they aren't permanent strategies in regards to the future.
"I don't want in 50 years, only one-thousand. And I don't know if we can make enough help to have more and more panda but we... I don't want to see the last panda in the zoo," said Grangeon.
The planet that we call home needs immediate action, and projects, like Grageon's, aim to emphasize the detrimental effects of human activity on the future of not only animals but ourselves.
If you would like to support this cause you can donate directly to the World Wildlife Fund, or visit there "10 Things You Can Do To Help Save Our Planet" article.