Chris Jordan – Midway: Message from the Gyre (2009-current)
I understand that these are horrific, disturbing images and not remotely beautiful.
At first I was under the impression that the albatross remains had been arranged by the photographer around piles of plastic trash; then I read this article and learned that “nesting chicks fill their bellies with plastic as their parents collect and feed them bits that look to them like food. As a result, tens of thousands of albatross chicks die of starvation, choking, internal bleeding and poisoning each year.”
I feel the set deserves posting.
the lesson here: throw your damn trash in the trashcan instead of just throwing it wherever the hell you feel like, because your actions (or lack thereof) have consequences.
PLEASE RECYCLE YO’ RECYCLABLE SHIT, PEOPLE.
I agree with everything above, but just so y’all knows, there also needs to be pressure on recycling companies to accept more recyclable items. In the San Francisco bay area, the city takes anything and everything – with their compost, too! But here in Cincinnati, you can’t do plastic grocery bags, or no. 5 plastics, or certain kind of papers. If you put them in the recycling bin, Rumpke will take it and just put it in the landfill…
This photo-set is breaking my heart. Yes to the above comment. When I moved out here to Ohio from New England I was very disappointed to find the recycling system out here is very much not enforced, nor as wholly encompassing for recyclable materials as I think it should be. In certain parts on the East coast of the U.S. it’s mandatory to [separate &] recycle almost everything from all types of papers, cardboard boxes, plastic bags, and almost all glass and plastic beverage containers. Unlike here near Columbus where I get endless odd looks just for asking people if they recycle when throwing things away in their houses. There definitely needs to be an improvement with this nationwide, I think, not just here in the midwest, and not only with the companies, but we need a better and more efficient way to inform and educate the public about the proper things and/or ways to recycle. “