Penguin ice-sculptures spotted on the shore of the River Thames boosts Greenpeace’s ocean campaign

Two penguin visitors of the ice sculpture kind appeared on the shore of the River Thames opposite St Paul’s Cathedral this week.

A towering two-metre ice scuplture of a mother chinstrap penguin and her chick was installed on the shore of the River Thames, in front of the Tate Modern on Southbank, to highlight the threats to marine life as part of a global call by Greenpeace for greater action on ocean protection.

Erected by Greenpeace activists, the ice sculptures were created to boost Greenpeace’s campaign for a strong Global Ocean Treaty that will lead to much greater protection for marine life.

The ice sculpture in London was designed by a team from ice-carving specialists, Icebox. It took four people two hours to transport and erect the pre-carved sections of the sculpture to the Thames shoreline, where it was installed at low-tide, in front of the Tate Modern on Southbank earlier this week.

With St Paul’s Cathedral and the skyline of the City of London behind them, the pair of penguins were slowly submerged beneath the rising tide, eventually melting away into the river.

From Seoul to London, Buenos Aires to Cape Town, penguin ice sculptures have appeared in public spaces in capital cities across nearly every continent.

Chris Thorne, Greenpeace Oceans Campaigner said: “We want to send a clear message to the Government and to the public that time is running out to save our oceans. We have seen first-hand how climate change, plastics pollution and industrial fishing are killing marine life in our oceans. A Greenpeace team in Antarctica is reporting that chinstrap penguin populations there are disappearing at an alarming rate.”

Governments will meet at the UN for the fourth round of negotiations towards a Global Ocean Treaty in late March.

Greenpeace is campaigning for an ambitious treaty which allows for the creation of a network of ocean sanctuaries, free from harmful human activity, which scientists say is needed across 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030 in order to allow wildlife populations to recover.

Images Credit: © David Mirzoeff/Greenpeace

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at

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