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Boogi brings conservation efforts to Seoul


Busan Metropolitan City launched the Expo Ocean Hall at the Lotte World Aquarium in Seoul. The exhibit, which runs until November 2023, shares the message, “if you protect the ocean, you can protect the Earth.”

Interactive content teaches the public about the importance of “blue carbon,” which refers to carbon captured by ocean and coastal habitats, the dangers of plastic pollution, and the devastating consequences of climate change.

A 3D diorama shows familiar landmarks, such as the Sungnyemun Gate, the Gwangandaegyo Bridge and the Eiffel Tower, submerged by increased sea levels caused by climate change. Robotic fish, covered by plastic bags, drinking bottles, and abandoned fishing equipment, struggle to swim around an aquarium. In the AR experience zone, visitors can scan a QR code to immediately sense the severe effects of microplastics in the ocean.

The aquarium displays represent Busan’s desire to lead the world in becoming a carbon-neutral, green city. They also align with Busan’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo, as the city has positioned itself at the forefront of tackling climate change and building sustainable communities.