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This Weekend is All About Plastic
Posted By Beth Terry On October 22, 2009 @ 8:00 am In Direct Action,Events,Expired,Interviews and Guest Posts,Ocean Plastic Pollution,Plastic Art,Videos | 12 Comments
I’m leaving tonight for a last minute trip to Los Angeles to participate in activities of the newly formed Plastic Pollution Coalition , of which I am privileged to be an advisor. Whether you live in the L.A. area or not, there are ways to participate.
So what if you’re not in the L.A. area?
1) Find a Climate Action Day event  to participate in.
2) Check out the comments on my blog review of Tapped  and weigh in. A representative from the bottled water industry has been arguing the merits of bottled water, and several readers have jumped in to rebut his claims. What do you think?
3) Get motivated to protect the planet from plastic pollution by watching artist Chris Jordan’s newly released photos of plastic-filled albatrosses photographed during his recent trip to Midway Atoll :
Or see the full size images  on his web site.
I asked Chris to give me his emotional reaction to witnessing so many dead animals filled with plastic pieces. Here’s his unedited response:
I have tried several times to put words together to express what I experienced on Midway, and so far I can’t seem to do it. My mind simply does not want to accept what I saw there, and what the tragedy of the albatross means for the health of our oceans. The resulting feeling is one of rage and grief, mixed with shock, despair, and overwhelm. Since I returned home, I have suffered from anxiety, insomnia, mood swings, and a constant feeling of my mind racing. It is as if I have been given an impossibly difficult paradoxical puzzle to solve, like watching a movie that is hard to put together, and working mentally afterwards to try to make sense of it. My mind is going as hard as it can to figure out an answer, and yet another part of me knows there is no answer; in fact I can’t even figure out what the question is supposed to be. And in the grand scheme, this wasn’t even that major of a tragedy. I can only imagine what it must be like to visit the site of a mass human killing.
These birds are just some of the first victims in what will surely be tragic consequences for all life, including humans, if we don’t end our mass consumption and destruction of this planet. Depressing? Sure. But in the words of Colin Beavan, we just have to keep putting one step in front of the other and do the work that must be done.
What do you have planned for this weekend?
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URLs in this post:
 Plastic Pollution Coalition: http://plasticpollutioncoalition.org/
 Tapped: http://www.tappedthemovie.com/
 Strange Days on Planet Earth: http://www.pbs.org/strangedays/
 Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005YFGIZ2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B005YFGIZ2&linkCode=as2&tag=fakplafis-20
 Midway Journey: http://www.midwayjourney.com/
 Climate Action Day: http://archive.350.org/plan
 Sign up: http://archive.350.org/bbc
 Find a Climate Action Day event: http://www.350.org/map
 blog review of Tapped: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/10/tapped-even-more-arguments-against-bottled-water/
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbqJ6FLfaJc: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbqJ6FLfaJc
 full size images: http://www.chrisjordan.com/
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