The Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències has organised activities this week to promote sustainable development that will culminate in special lighting for World Oceans Day
May 31, 2021
The Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències is devoting the first week of June to sustainable development, with special initiatives that include a 2x1 special offer to reward bicycle use, installation of the exhibition ‘On Wheels’ with classic models outside the Museu and special lighting of the entire complex on Tuesday, 8 June for World Oceans Day.
From Tuesday, 1 June, the 2x1 #SobreRuedasCAC special offer begins on Instagram where free tickets to the Museu de les Ciències or the Hemisfèric can be obtained. Until Tuesday, 8 June, people who post a photo on bicycle in the complex on their Instagram account can get two tickets for the price of one.
Just follow the official account of the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències on Instagram and post a photo on bicycle in the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències with the tag #SobreRuedasCAC, tagging @ciudadartesciencias. Participants will receive a private message with the 2x1 digital flyer that they will have to show at the ticket offices of the Museu or the Hemisfèric. You can participate from 1 to 8 June, and the flyer will be valid until 30 June 2021.
This is an initiative of the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències to join in celebrating World Bicycle Day on Thursday 3 June, in a month in which World Environment Day, Saturday 5 June, and World Oceans Day, 8 June, also begin. In order to commemorate that last date, the Hemisfèric, the Museu de les Ciències, the Oceanogràfic and the Palau de les Arts will be specially lit up in blue from 8.00 pm.
Another of the planned activities is the installation of the ‘On Wheels’ exhibition in the area outside the Museu. From classic models like the unicycle and the velocipede, the display will cover the history and development of bicycles through panels and reproductions of different types of this means of transport.
Support for sustainability
In backing the promotion of sustainable mobility, the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències has completely free bicycle parking facilities in the Umbracle’s car park. It is located at both ends of the ground floor, with 81 places. In addition, cyclists have this service at the eastern and western entrances of the Museu de les Ciències, with 96 places.
Free parking spaces have also been installed for electric scooters in the outside promenades and the Umbracle’s car park, with a total of 120 places in all. Among the noteworthy commitments for the future is the installation of charging stations in the car park for electric and hybrid cars. These actions make up part of the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències’s strategy, bolstering initiatives for sustainable development, health and social welfare, such as the elimination of the plastic packaging of plastic bottles in its vending machines and the provision of rental services for sustainable vehicles, among others.
Nature and the environment are also prominent in the exhibitions being offered by the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències. The exhibit ‘The Children’s Council against climate change. ‘Together we can achieve it’, the exposition, ‘Ante el cambio, cambiemos’ and the IMAX documentary ‘Amazon Adventure’ at the Hemisfèric are some of the offerings. In addition, this year more than 500 students have participated in the first year of the school contest ‘Action for Climate Change’ organised by the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències.
Environmental initiatives of the Oceanogràfic
The Oceanogràfic has centred its environmental initiatives around several points in the Valencian Community.
To commemorate World Environment Day, 5 June, the Oceanogràfic Foundation, as part of its species conservation and recovery projects, will release Galapagos Europeo fresh water turtles into the Lago Vivo of the aquarium. That same day, cleaning of part of the beach of La Pobla de Farnals will also be done by students from the town, with the goal of raising awareness about the importance of preserving the marine ecosystem.
For World Oceans Day, 8 June, the release of a turtle retrieved from Cullera beach is planned, and Isabel Muñoz’s exhibition “Somos Agua” (“We are Water”), National Photography Award winner, will be opened in Alicante’s Casa Mediterráneo. This collection of underwater photographs taken at the Oceanogràfic evokes a dream planet on which animals and human beings live in perfect harmony.