With all the war, politics, religion and celebrity news being shown 24/7, environmental issues around the globe are the least mentioned among the world’s population. The amount of fish in the sea is decreasing rapidly, forests are vanishing, air is polluted mostly due to factories which is causing our climate change and global warming.
We, human beings, know that our world is facing major change due to our egoistic choices and lifestyles. However, not much is being done or spoken of. One of my projects called ‘Citizen of Nowhere’ was the perfect chance to work on environmental issues. Towards the end of the project, I felt that it is my duty to raise awareness on what I have witnessed and got to know about. The research included of taking photographic work displaying man’s destruction in nature. One of the works being ‘A world full of .’ which may seem like Earth photographed from space, but it is actually human waste in the sea.
Discarded waste is also shown in the photographic works which display a contrast between life- represented with a duck eating, and death- the waste thrown into the sea destroying sea life. A large increase of jellyfish washing ashore, are being questioned. The reason for this is, that due to pollution and waste thrown at sea, sea turtles are slowly becoming extinct due to the fact that they are eating plastic, thinking that they are jellyfish.
It is known that most of the world’s oxygen derives from trees, but little do people know that 75% of our oxygen comes from Phytoplankton; microscopic organisms which can be found on top of the sea layer. These organisms are also found at the bottom of the food chain, an important factor to the chain system. In less than 50 years, Phytoplankton have decreased to 40%. One of my art work during the project is a drawing of one of the organisms painted in oil spill.
Bee population is also to be found problematic, with a possibility of the bees becoming extinct within a few years due to pollution which is also affecting nature’s growth system.
“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” – Albert Einstein