WWF 'Blue Panda' visits three iconic Ionian islands under threat from hydrocarbon exploitation

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) ship Blue Panda

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) ship Blue Panda

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) ship 'Blue Panda' is visiting three iconic Ionian islands- Zakynthos, Ithaca and Kefalonia, to raise awareness of the current environmental challenges faced by marine life in the Mediterranean.

The ship will be in Zakynthos from July 20-22 , Ithaca from July 24-26 and Kefalonia from July 28-30.

During the ship's visit to the islands which are under threat from hydrocarbon, it will host a number of actions open to the public, aimed at raising awareness among the islands’ residents and visitors, mobilising them against the most serious new threat to Greece’s seas- exploitation of oil and natural gas.

Attendees will have the opportunity to partake in a number of activities including: an interactive photo exhibition on the impacts of hydrocarbon exploitation on the environment and the economy, a unique virtual-reality 'dive' to the depths of the sea, take souvenir photographs on board the WWF sailboat and most importantly send a loud message against hydrocarbon exploitation!

While being docked in Ithaca, on July 25 there will also be an unveiling of a large graffiti mural on the theme of hydrocarbon exploitation.

A special event will also be held on the island of Kefalonia. On July 29, a free music concert by singer-songwriter Matura Zamani will bring together the community to join voices against hydrocarbon exploitation in the Ionian Sea.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit their website.