This eleven minute video of photographer, Chris Jordan speaking about some unimaginable stats about all of our STUFF was recorded and posted by TED in June 2008. You will be blown away by his super-sized images of things that we take for granted every day of our lives. I found this today via another blogger that I follow, Harmony of The Journey is the Prize and it was just what I needed to SLAP me out of my own personal pity party that I've been having.
As many of you already know, I'm in the process of updating my blog and changing it over to my own website domain and I knew that when I started this process it would be stressful...and that is all that it has been one issue after another and I am the world's WORST end-user ;) So enough...I'm on to what I love most about blogging...that is sharing shit with you all and making the world a more pleasant, if not better, place to be!
WARNING...SOME VERY DISTURBING PHOTOS AHEAD ;(
Photos courtesy of Chris Jordan, Photographer: Midway: Message from the Gyre 2009
These photographs of albatross chicks were made in September, 2009, on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.
To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world's most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent. ~cj, Seattle, October 2009
Update: this project is expanding in scope as the metaphor of Midway continues to unfold. My team and I will be returning to Midway in July and September of this year, and again in the spring, to photograph and film the effects of plastic pollution on the lifecycle of the albatross at several different stages. We will blog live from the island, and a documentary film is in the works. Please stay tuned. ~cj, Seattle, May, 2010
In case you haven't seen enough...there are more photos on Chris Jordan's site. But if like me, you have seen enough and want to do something about it...no matter how small or insignificant you feel it is then go here and see if you can win a Fun Fall bag from the Green Bag Lady:
For some time now, I have been using cloth bags when I go grocery shopping and then I always try to keep a canvas tote inside my handbag when I'm shopping for other things. If I do accumulate any plastic bags, then I take them to the grocery stores and place them in the recycle bins and I'm trusting that this helps the environment. This came about after watching a few TV shows on Discovery and/or National Geographic about the floating garbage piles in several of our oceans. They also showed how plastics were affecting the Albatross birds because these garbage piles are floating right in the middle of the birds fishing grounds and the parents are picking up the plastics and feeding them to their chicks. But it's also affecting our sea turtles and fish and they showed deformed turtles and fish with plastic rings from drink bottles around the middles of the outsides of these animals where they somehow got them stuck on their bodies when they were young and as they grew their bodies morphed around the plastic rings. It was awful to see! So NOW...I cut all the rings that come off of all my bottles caps before throwing them in the trash bin. It brings me some comfort ;) As far as I know, most of the caps and rings used on our food items are NOT made of recyclable plastics and this is how they are ending up in the landfills and being blown or carried away.
Someone, please come up with a solution for the airline industries and their plastic cup issue. Heck we can control our paper-cups and water bottle abuse by using refillable bottles and by NOT asking for a take out cup when we leave the restaurant...heck bring your refillable bottle or mug just like you do for your coffee/tea at your favorite shop. Just do as Chris Jordan suggests in his TED Videoand MAKE SOME CONSCIENTIOUS CHOICES about our everyday lives.
I want to send a big shout out to Harmony and thank her for reminding me about what is really important and, for hooking us all up with Chris Jordan and The Green Bag Lady. Don't forget to sign up for her Fun Fall Freebie and be sure to tell her that Roberta from con-tain-it sent ya!
Hope you all have a Terrific Tuesday!