A news story hitting the net today is how in Taiwan an art installation made of garbage has achieved popularity. The installation uses thousands of waste plastic bottles to re-create elements of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”. Visitors can walk through the installation and effectively be inside the painting. Nice idea……except……..
Where did all those plastic bottles come from? I found another image on the net. This one from the Estero de Vitas river in the Philippines. Effectively it is a river of waste. It takes a river of waste to yield enough plastic bottles to make an art installation.
On this day, International Earth Day, we have to ask ourselves what we are doing to the planet. We live on a very small raft, an ark in space. We as a race are killing it. Humans are vermin, a plague upon the planet.
We need to be fewer. We need to use less. We need to return to renewable living cycles where we return to the planet all that we take.
Of course it is easy for me, with my comfortable lifestyle to say all this. Try selling that approach to the poor person wading through the waste searching for a living.
The truth is the planet is being destroyed to satisfy greed. The greediest people on the planet are the wealthiest. The richest countries are gobbling up this planet. The impacts are not very visible in the wealthy countries. Our impact is reflected in rivers of shit like this one below, in third world countries.