Large amounts of newborn sharks have been found to have trace amounts of human pharmaceuticals in their systems, such as anti-depressants, which disrupts their lifestyle and behavior. Save Sharks and dispose of pharmaceuticals through community “take-back” programs instead of flushing unused medicines.
When I was working on Before I Grow Up, my original intention was for it to be an environmental piece but the composition didn’t work out so I redrew it in this version.
Months ago I was walking down the street after it had just rained and saw the reflection of the city in the puddles. The way it glimmered looked like fresh paint and made me wonder what it would be like to repaint the reflection of a city. What would I change? What would the future generations wish we had changed?
In other news, I’ll be at Fanime this May 22-25 in the San Jose Convention Center. As usual, I’ll be in the Artist Alley (table 623) with prints :) I hope to see you there!
From oil spills to overflowing landfills, man’s unsustainable quest to live a better life with little regard for the environment has caused a staggering amount of environmental disasters to be formed. At present, pollution is labeled to be the #1 killer, affecting more than 100 million worldwide.
And that’s not all… More than 1 million seabirds and 100 million mammals are killed by pollution every year.
If these photos don’t inspire you to collect trash when you see it, it’s time to wake up.
Mexican artist Alejandro Durán uses plastic that he finds along the coast of Sian Ka’an, Mexico’s largest federally protected nature reserve, to create outdoors installations in a series he calls “Washed Up” to bring attention to pollution.
Durán, who is now based out of New York City, has identified waste products from over 50 nations from six continents during the course of creating “Washed Up” which finds him arranging the waste by color in either floral or fauna patterns and often as if the pieces of trash had been washed ashore by the waves naturally. Though the installations are colorful and gorgeous they mirror the resulting horrors of the world’s consumer driven mindset. Durán wants viewers of this photographic series to realize that the consequences of pollution reach far beyond what we normally can see.
Continue below to see more of Alejandro’s installations:
Elaborate Drawings Demonstrate the Harm Humanity Has Caused the Earth
Drawn by the McCann Worldgroup from India, the Yin Yang series depicts the environmental disasters and harm caused by global warming. The illustrations are divided by the ancient Chinese symbol “Yin Yang” to demonstrate two polar opposites found in our existing environment.
To complete the drawings a total of three illustrations were used to scale the artwork and meticulously draw its details. The illustrations were also painted with watercolors, photographed and digitalized for a professional finish.
let’s discuss something that i haven’t seen much around tumblr lately.
i suppose those who don’t live nearby the ocean don’t recognize the issue of ocean pollution and the lives it has an effect on (including ours). underneath our oceans, which covers the majority of our planet, is a huge problem. so, of course, i am here to educate you with some facts you may not have known.
640,000 tons of fishing gear is lost in our oceans every single year, which combined, weighs more than the Titanic. [x]
many of the plastics used in fishing gear are very durable. some are expected to last in our oceans for 600 years. [x]
136,000 sea mammals become entangled and trapped in nets and lines every year, and that’s not including fish. being trapped in the nets for a long period of time can cause the sea mammals to drown, or unable to find food. they can also become entangled in these nets, and accidentally choke, cut, or injure themselves. [x]
plastic is the most common element found in the ocean and is often confused as food by marine animals. so many animals are dying due to choking, intestinal blockage, and starvation. it’s also very harmful to our environment as it does not break down easily. [x]
plastic debris can absorb toxic chemicals from ocean pollution, therefore poisoning whatever eats it. In fact, plastic pollution is one of the most serious threats to the ocean. plastic does not degrade; instead, it breaks down into progressively smaller pieces, but never disappears. they then attract more debris. it poses a significant health threat to the various sea creatures, and to the entire marine ecosystem. overall, plastic is the number one source of pollution in the ocean. [x]
small animals at the bottom of food chain absorb the chemicals as part of their food. these small animals are then eaten by larger animals that again increases the concentration of chemicals. animals at the top of hierarchy of food chain have contamination levels millions times higher than the water in which they live. [x]
oil and chemicals from local industries can leak and seep through the soil and eventually enter ocean currents.
there are more than 400 known dead zones worldwide, where there are low oxygen concentrations due to no life in that area. this is usually because of pollution.
at Puget Sound in Washington, a dead gray whale was washed up on the shore. it had been in good health, but inside of it’s body was about 20 plastic bags, surgical gloves, plastic pieces, a pair of sweat pants, a golf ball, and other things we discard into our oceans. this has happened on several occasions. [x]
how it affects us:
honestly, after reading the facts above, and you still need a reason to care, then continue reading.
people get contaminated easily by eating contaminated seafood that can cause serious health problems, from cancer to damage to immune system.
pollution also has huge costs for taxpayers and local governments that must clean this trash off of beaches and streets to protect public health. the national resources defense council analyzed a survey of 95 California communities and found their total reported annual costs for preventing litter from becoming pollution is $428 million per year. [x]