You might not think of an apex ocean predator like the shark as helpless, but the truth is that many species are really struggling. Some experts predict that a majority of shark species could become extinct within the next few decades due to overfishing and changing ocean environments. Local NGO PangeaSeed has been working to raise awareness about this problem, and their latest effort, an international art exhibition entitled “Sink or Swim,” is kicking off in Daikanyama next month. The event will consist of over 30 international artists who have all donated artwork, and each night will offer a variety of activities and events such as film screenings, guest presentations, musicians, DJs and performers, all focusing on the beauty of oceans and marine biodiversity. A portion of the proceeds raised will also be used to aid animals affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
July 16-22 (reception July 18), Free. Event Space M B1, 1-33-18 Ebisu-nishi, Shibuya-ku. Nearest stn: Daikanyama. See www.pangeaseed.com for more info.
Speaking of animals affected by disasters, organizations working in Tohoku are still in desperate need of foster homes for animals. This can be a particularly good option for people who will not be in Japan long-term but like having pets, as the eventual goal for many of the animals is to be reunited with their families. Of course, animals are available for permanent adoption as well.