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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:23 AM

Choked To Death On Waste

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02.21.13 - 10:38 PM
Choked To Death On Waste
by Abby Zimet




The appalling evidence mounts. A new scientific study urges that our omnipresent plastic debris - 280 million tons produced last year, less than half recycled, 370 species suffering its effects and another possible 33 billion tons produced by 2050 - be declared "hazardous." You think? Another report from the U.N. and World Health Organization says over 800 man-made chemicals, including BPA, found in everyday products, including plastic, are becoming a global threat that needs to be resolved, with widespread resulting health problems. All this, ahead of Midway, an extraordinary, Kickstarter-funded film by photographer Chris Jordan that documents the deaths of tens of thousands of baby Laysan Albatrosses each year on the Pacific Island of Midway Atoll - over 2,000 miles from the nearest continent - from ingesting plastic from the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch," a massive floating island of waste plastic. Devastating trailer, both elegy and warning.

For me, kneeling over their carcasses is like looking into a macabre mirror. These birds reflect back an appallingly emblematic result of the collective trance of our consumerism and runaway industrial growth. Like the albatross, we first-world humans find ourselves lacking the ability to discern anymore what is nourishing from what is toxic to our lives and our spirits. Choked to death on our waste, the mythical albatross calls upon us to recognize that our greatest challenge lies not out there, but in here.








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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:43 AM

1. The human race trashes everything

We've got a huge plastic dump floating in the ocean, debris floating around in space...why don't we clean up these messes we've created?

NASA and every other entity that has left crap floating around in space should be forced to retrieve it and recycle it. The plastic piles floating in the ocean should be recycled as well.

Now we're injecting toxic chemicals into the ground, endangering ground water and possibly causing earthquakes. When will we learn? (It will likely be too late, whenever that is.) All the money in the world won't save the world when we've abused it past the breaking point, if we haven't already.

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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 12:10 PM

2. This is the very worst to me.

Well first the animals we're driving completely to extinction. But a beautiful albatross who spends it's life far away from 'civilization' and ends up being killed by it anyway. To me each of their souls is as important as my fecund success-monkey neighbors' little babies. Those boys will never want, never go hungry, grow up with proud Christian souls hardened to anything natural or animal. This is why I'm happier every day for my life being closer to the end. I'm smothered and surrounded every day, everywhere I look, by the worst examples. People with the crazy hope of a green revolution kill me just as much.

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Sat Feb 23, 2013, 01:30 AM

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 11:43 AM

4. Can a species be mentally ill?

If someone craps all over their house, their mental competence is definitely in question.

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