Climate change and plastic pollution are the two most pressing issues confronting humanity right now. Despite government attempts, plastic continues to accumulate. Why are we still denying something we can’t afford to overlook? How can we be so oblivious to the fact that we are leaving future generations with the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced: healing a wounded planet?
The world is groaning under the weight of an ever-increasing population; it’s suffocating from the abundance of greenhouse gases we’re releasing into the sky; and it’s sinking beneath its own oceans, which are melting with each passing day as temperatures rise 𝐻𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑟𝑖𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑔𝑒𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑑𝑒𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑒 ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑤𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑒 𝑖𝑠 ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑙𝑠, 𝑖𝑛 𝑐𝑎𝑠𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑛’𝑡 𝑦𝑒𝑡 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑏𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑠.
A discarded ice cream tub on the beach, a 𝑐𝑖𝑔𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑒 𝑏𝑢𝑡𝑡 on the sand, exfoliating body wash down the sink – you might not think much of it.
A new series of photos has been created to demonstrate the impact on animals.
Artist Christian Waters created the collection with Photoshop, highlighting the danger that the 8.8 million tons of trash in the world’s seas poses.
The images are called The Price of Convenience, and he wants them used as adverts by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).
‘We’re treating these animals like garbage cans,’ Walters remarked. We treat the water like a garbage can when we leave rubbish on the beach. You’re treating the water like a garbage can when you dump rubbish over the edge of a boat. It’s the same whether you trash at a beach festival or a party.’ Obviously, cleaning the seas would be difficult, but I felt compelled to try.’
He said he felt compelled to act after seeing heaps of rubbish in Malaysia.
He also witnessed a video of a marine turtle with a drinking straw stuck up its nose, clearly in distress.
‘These creatures don’t have voices, so we have to stand out for them,’ Waters added.
Waters, who was born in Pennsylvania and now lives in Beijing, stated that he, like many other Westerners, has always been aware of environmental issues but has never taken anything to address them.
The multicolored specks on the fish are an attempt to draw attention to the under-reported struggle to protect fish from microbeads, which are present in many soaps, body washes, and toothpaste.
Fish eat the beads, probably thinking they’re edible, and then choke or suffocate when the beads become trapped in their gills.
‘It all goes back to the makers on this one.’ However, people must be aware of it in order to make a difference.’ It’s reasonable that fish and turtles consume any garbage they come across – garbage isn’t supposed to be in the water; how do they know it’s not edible?’
For the time being, he claims he is motivated to create additional environmental awareness initiatives.