Starting where we are, this minute, this day, is a great place to take that first step on the path to co-flourishing. Habitats, species and resources that we all depend on for life around the globe are being adversely affected by our blatant disrespect for the circle of life. There is immense wisdom in the words, “what goes around, comes around”. Our world is SCREAMIMG at us, shaking us up, pleading with us to WAKE UP before our thoughtless actions and inactions turn around and bite us in the backside.
I watched a video recently featuring the photography and message of Chris Jordan. It was obvious to this columnist that his work is inspired by his genuine concern about our relationship with our earth. Jordan’s art speaks to our ever increasing consumerism and its impact on our living planet.
Scientists have sampled areas in the middle of the ocean to find that there “are six times more plastic particles than phytoplankton in the most remote oceanic waters of earth”. Mr. Jordan’s thought is that if we can’t see how we are collectively affected, if we cannot experience, see or feel what is going on in our world we don’t feel compelled to engage ourselves in doing things differently.
Previous Earth Matters columns have discussed the many lives and habitats that are affected by our ever increasing plastic production and consumption. One glaring missing element has been the images that bear witness to the consumption of this inorganic material on the many species and ecosystems in the circle of life.
Jordan had heard about baby albatross’ decomposed bodies that were found dead from plastic consumption on Midway Island, one of the remotest marine sanctuaries on earth. Visibly shaken, Chris made a presentation at Poptech in 2009 shortly after his visit to Midway. With the permission of Chris Jordan’s studio and with the hope of encouraging each one of us to begin our own personal path that is more respectful and sustainable with our earth, we are privileged to share a few of Chris Jordan’s powerful images here.
The video of Chris Jordan’s full presentation can be viewed at the following link. http://poptech.org/popcasts/chris_jordan_polluting_plastics You may also connect with Jordan at www.chrisjordan.com
When we know better, we do better. This “seems like something we should all be talking about”.
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