Mother nature is super duper DUPER important to our survival on Earth. For real, we would 10000% die without it. No doubt about it. And yet we still take advantage of it, pollute it, destroy it, etc. So, why do we treat it so horribly? Would you treat your actual mother like that? Just like how the gardener in A Work of Artifice prunes the bonsai to 9 inches for their enjoyment, we steal from our environment for our own benefit without realizing how we are affecting it. Our relationship with plastic is a prime example of this behavior. We take raw materials from the environment to make it, yet we throw it out without a second thought. Not only that, plastic can take 1000+ years to decompose. Isn’t it so dumb just how careless we are? Just think about all the plastic swimming around in the ocean. There will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050! Unfortunately, plastic is just one slice from our environmental crisis pizza.
The good news is that it’s not too late, but it will be soon if we don’t act quickly. So, what can we do about it? Well, one step in the right direction would be to make sure everyone knew about the severity of our situation. We live in 2021, so the most effective option would be the internet. In the Mojave Phone Booth, Doc Daniels created a web page for a phone booth in the Mojave desert that catches the attention of people from all over the world. If the internet can make a literal phone booth in the desert go viral, why can’t it do the same for our planet? In the meantime, we can focus on our own individual efforts. Reduce, reuse, and recycle are key!!! Blair Somervile embodies this idea perfectly as he tries to use “what [he] has available to [him],” which is “the recycled stuff and the natural stuff” for his creations. Individual efforts such as these are certainly not enough to undo the damage we’ve done, but it’s a start. Anyways, what are you waiting for? Would you actually treat your mother like that? And if your answer is no, then do something about it!