Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Green Tuesday

Continuing on with the week of spring colors, it seems fitting today - green Tuesday - to tell you about a project Abbott's second grade class is working on. Each primary class at school is collecting as many of one item as possible to create a class art project of recyclable materials. Abbott's class is collecting plastic lids, after viewing recent artwork by Chris Jordan. Some of the images are graphic and disturbing, but do depict the horror of pollution. It is my hope that participation in this project will affect the way we all use plastic at home.

Here is a message by the photographer, Chris Jordan:

"These photographs of albatross chicks were made in September, 2009, on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking."

Please visit his website for more information; Click on MIDWAY. You can also watch the video.


kks said...

wow, that is unbelievable and very sad!! powerful pictures.....thanks for the link.
love that the kids are collecting the plastic tops...such a good lesson...

Kwana said...

Beautiful picture and thanks for the info. So awful.

Joyce said...

This is so sad about the albatross chicks. It breaks my heart. I'm glad the kids are doing this project and hope more schools are jumping in.

KPiep said...

I just had an incredibly powerful reaction to YOUR photo. Perhaps I'm more starved for green than I suspected because when your photo appeared on my screen I actually started to salivate a little bit, and I found myself lean very close to the screen to drink it all in. Which is funny as it's not at all about food...I think it's just so appealing that my body needed a physical way to show how much I loved it!

nicola@which name? said...

i have watched this several times before. it is awful. our plastic consumption was never high but is way down. you might enjoy this blog:

Which Name?

A Day That is Dessert said...

thank you for taking the time to learn about this terrible problem.

kanishk said...

Beautiful picture and thanks for the info. So awful.
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