March 7, 2011

Close-Up Reality

A couple of weeks ago, in one of my classes, we discussed about environmental issues, and the first one that came up was consumption. I have to say that, after sitting in that class and seeing some of the numbers, it is truly unbelievable how much we as a society really consume. I realize though that it can be hard at times to gauge the extent of our consumption just by looking at the numbers. So I wanted to share some close-up photographs that the teacher showed us. They are by Chris Jordan, from his "Running The Numbers" artwork.

Since these photographs depict consumption only in the US, it is quite a stretch to imagine how much more the numbers would increase when considering the entire world.

Sadly, many of these materials are not easily recyclable, and most of the time end up in landfills, as well as oceans and other places where they aren't supposed to be, thus contributing further to the degradation of our planet.

Truth is, if we were to change our habits and consume a bit less, it would be a small effort from us with a significant result on the Earth. 

I think an important message from these photographs is to think about what happens to all the things that we no longer want or need and that we end up tossing. In return, it might have a positive effect on our spending habits, which are the source of all this. 

This is an issue that is on my mind a lot, and that I am still working through, so I just wanted to share some of my thoughts and ideas with everyone who might be just as concerned or interested.  

All photographs via Chris Jordan

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  1. this post is great! thank you for your comments! i'm always so happy to know what you think!

  2. Lovely post!!!

  3. ooh, my goodness the art work is amazing, and raises a rather alarming message too. I personally find those cell phones really scary, and gulp, am feeling guilty that I have one. Great post very thought provoking. xx veronika


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