albatrosses are eating your discarded plastic

Midway: Message from the Gyre _ Chris Jordan

“On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean.

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.”

~Chris Jordan
Seattle, February 2011

Chris Jordan is a photographer who has studied the effects of marine debris on birds and other animals in close proximity to the great pacific garbage patch.  Visit these two links to see some of his work:

http://www.chrisjordan.com/gallery/midway
http://www.midwayjourney.com/

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