All posts tagged: marine debris

Plastic, Caught In Our Blind Spots

Christine Ren, is making waves with her thought provoking art, drawing attention to environmental issues.  Her piece entitled, “Blind Spots” is mind blowing.  A satirical piece, sparking conversation about environmental concerns as it makes an interesting commentary on society’s consumption of plastic.  The portrait of a girl blindfolded with a shopping cart full of plastic products that are cascading out of the cart and into the ocean, is perfectly constructed to highlight society’s behavior in terms of not taking ownership or responsibility for the massive accumulation of plastic that has over years been dumped into the ocean.  It shows how easy it is for society to lose sight of critical environmental issues that are right in front of us and problems that are increasing.  And, if not lose sight of a glaring issue, the ease and ability we have to push it out of our minds or into our blind spots to avoid dealing with it. Christine’s art forces us to stare at the blatant issue of plastic pollution and face the reality of a …

Trashing Paradise: Let’s Clean Up The Beach

Photo Credit: Silence Like Thunder Paradise is the last place you would expect to see trash.  Unfortunately, even paradise can’t escape trash.  Caribbean islands  find trash washing up on their shores and litter scattered across the sea floor all the time.  It is not a postcard picture at all when tourists and locals come across trash scattered along the beach.  It is an ugly reality that exists.  Why is this happening? To start, littering and lack of recycling.  The ocean is not a trash can, yet we seem to treat it like one. It is a nasty habit that has gone on way too long all over the world.  Our oceans, marine life and wildlife are suffering from this dirty habit. Marine life and our ocean’s ecosystem feel the impact the most.  Marine debris is a huge problem.  Trash in the sea causes the ocean to become unhealthy.  An unhealthy ocean is bad for everyone, including the planet.  We need a healthy ocean because the ocean produces half of the oxygen that we breathe and it also provides …