For you and many, this might be just another April day. But for others of us who have realised how important our own home is, our little home as well as our huge home, this is an important day. 22nd April celebrates Earth Day and it is meant as a reminder for us to take care of the environment and world we live in. And yet, the Earth that shelters us looks like this in a lot of places… Do we really care about the Earth?
Happy Earth Day?
Last year, Jordan Simons and I shot this photo along with the video. We were shocked and saddened to come to our local beach where we were living together at that time, to see the disaster that us, humans, have left behind.
There were needles, bottles, common beverage and food containers, as well as other undescribable horrific objects and materials along with dead fish.
8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans annually and 100.000 marine creatures a year die from plastic pollution along with 1 million sea birds.
I got two skin issues afterwards that I am still seeking treatment for. The smell alongside with all bacteria and other objects that are thrown into the rivers and oceans, was disgusting. This is what we leave behind. Take a good look at it and think.
Do We Want To Leave This Behind?
Is this really what we want to leave behind, what we want our kids to see?? Plastic and other trash is what is found thrown on the streets, in the rivers, oceans, mountain peaks, hills, cities, and so on.
Do we want our kids to go to Indonesia or Philippines or Greece or any other sea and ocean and swim through this garbage? Have all those needles and plastic stick to their bodies? Do we want our kids to grow in a world where there is no respect towards the environment and ultimately, towards ourselves?
Do we want these images to be representative of how the Earth is or do we want clean beaches, and nice long chairs where we can sip a drink? And do we want to photograph beautiful places in its pure form or places filled with trash and then photoshop the trash out of it?
Do we really care about the Earth? Do we really think each day, when going grocery shopping, when going out eating, when being in our home, what we use, how we use it, and what impact it will have? Do we?
- there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean
- It takes up to 500 years for plastic to decompose
- It can take anything between 20-1000 years for a plastic bag to break up
- Scientists have identified 200 areas declared as ‘dead zones’ where no life organisms can now grow (Ocean Crusaders stats)