Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. Plastic Beach is a Digital Collage which struggles against the overwhelming tide of plastic waste filling our oceans. According to research by the Plastic Oceans Organisation every year more than 8 million tons of plastic floods into our oceans. We are producing plastics at the most prodigious rate in our history and most of this consists of packaging which only ever sees a single use. An unfathomable 91% of all plastic is never recycled with 1 million plastic bags used per minute and over 500 Billion used every year. We have reached a stage where 90% of all seabirds have plastic in their stomachs and the National Geographic Society announced in July of this year that a plastic garbage patch the size of Mexico was discovered drifting in the South Pacific off the coasts of Chile and Peru. So much of this is avoidable with better recycling initiatives and alternative packaging solutions. Hopefully change is on its way, as ultimately our Oceans are not disposable.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. Under Stifling Waves is a Digital Collage which seeks relief from relentless humidity of a future of Wet Bulb Environments and turgid Heatwaves. Next month we will see out the end of one of the hottest years on record. Due to Cilmate Change extreme heatwaves are already becoming more common place, placing huge stresses on the critical infrastructure on which populations depend. Ecologists studying the hard limits of heat and survivability have warned of the potential future formation of Wet Bulb Environments as global tempretures rise. A Wet Bulb Environment occurs once the air becomes heated and saturated with humidity past a certain threshold, beyond this point a human body can no longer dispense with its excess heat through perspiration as the air has already reached maximum saturation. Without an effective means for shedding this heat, the bodies core temperature quickly builds to lethal levels. A dire warning indeed and all the more reason to keep a cool head.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. A Suffocating Presence is a Digital Collage unmasking the blight of Air Pollution in our industrialized world. According to the World Health Organization Air Pollution is one of the worlds leading preventable causes of death. Air Pollution takes a toll of almost 7 million lives a year worldwide. Contributing to the development of non-communicable respiratory diseases, ischemic heart disease and increased vulnerability to secondary infections. In some of our worlds more industrialized and densely populated cities, exercising outside for even short periods will now do more harm than good due to the inhalation of fine particulates and industrial emmisions. Time for a break in the country . . .
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. All Tomorrows Weather is a Digital Collage which visualises the link between the Coal Burning and Mining activities we carry out on or underground and the resulting consequences for our Skies. As a result of carbon emissions our atmosphere is becoming warmer. Greater atmospheric temperatures result in a more energetic atmosphere, larger heat differentials from area to area and ultimately stronger winds and more extreme weather formations. Yesterday Hurricane Irma the biggest ever hurricane recorded over the Atlantic began tearing its way through the island communities of the Caribbean on its way to make landfall in Florida by the weekend. It is the second Megastorm to form over the Atlantic in three weeks which is in of itself unprecedented. Climate scientists are fearing this could be the new normal.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. Exodus from Mother Earth is a Digital Collage which highlights serious considerations that are being made to jump ship. We are now living in a new Geological era. The Anthropocene is defined as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. We are told that extinction rates are rising, celebrities are dying, the oceans are becoming acidified, genetic diversity is waning and that even the Great Barrier Reef may no longer be salvagable. All the while plans are being made for some of us to to reach Mars for a chance to establish a colony and to begin anew.