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Legacy by yuumei Legacy by yuumei

Decades from now
When the birds are all gone
When their bodies have decayed
The waste of this generation
Will remain

Is this for posterity?
Is this our legacy?


This was inspired by the film, Midway.

It is a touching documentary about the Midway island that is home to 1.5 million albatrosses and many other species of wildlife. However, the island is covered in 20 tons of plastic waste. The plastics are from the Pacific Garbage Patch, estimated to be twice the size of the United States. The plastic waste, discarded from our daily lives and washed into the ocean, are now found in the stomach of many dead animals. One in three baby albatrosses living on Midway Island dies from plastic ingestion. 5 tons of plastic find their way into these baby birds ever year. 

While watching the film, all I could think of was how the plastics will still be there when the corpses of the dead baby birds are long gone, and how the future generations won't look up to see a sky full of birds, but look down to see a land filled with waste. I hope we have more that just trash as our legacy to the future. 

There are simple things you can do to help reduce this problem:

- Recycle. Sounds simple but means so much. By recycling, you are not only preventing the plastic trash from being put into a landfill or dumped into the ocean, you are also reducing the need to create new plastic from petroleum and all of the damages that comes with mining for oil.

- Don't litter. It's really not hard to walk a few extra steps to make sure the trash goes into the can instead of just throwing it on the ground where it will be washed into the drains and rivers, which eventually lead to the ocean. Such simple action can save countless tons of plastic from ending up in the stomachs of baby birds. 

- Go for biodegradable products. It's not a widely available option yet, but more and more products are made with biodegradable material. When given the option, choose the right one, and avoid products that have a lot of unnecessary packaging. Instead of buying 40 bottles of water, buy one long lasting water bottle and reuse it 100 times over. This way you'll save time and money as well as the environment. 

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TheJade2002 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015
Beautiful Heart 
Nick-Ian Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! An image with such impact.
snowchsc Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Great Message! Beautiful work as well!!
KingdomHeartsEWY Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
So sad :(
PuCCaBabii Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
so touching and beautiful!
b3nihim3 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Earth Day is coming, and my mom like your artwork a lot (me too). She wants to buy some prints (like this one, and Countdown)  to put up in her workplace, but doesn't  know how (like how to purchase the art). If anyone here knows, could you tell me? I'd really appreciate it. 
RainbowDash4 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
I don't think there are any prints of the artwork which you desire, but you can look around here and see if something catches your interest, besides those two.

Those are all of yuumei's prints that are available for sale, I believe.
b3nihim3 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, okay. Well, thanks for saying so.
alleniscool Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are those analbeads in the stomach? 
XPandoraRevolutionX Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Student Artist
Oh god xD
kayyeh1 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
thats.... thats so sad....
vagepaul Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
IronJustice Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
That is very depressing, however there is truth in it.
9king Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
poor bird.
Chaosfired Featured By Owner Edited Jan 26, 2015  Student Artist
I feel like when your hopes die, and you don't believe in anything, the bird dies, carrying all your once happy memories.

The star is shining down
Just like your hopes
The dreams that you once had
is now down the drain
Forgetting who you are
No reason to cling onto the past
Going down and down
Your losing yourself
Your once white wings
Now broken and dirty
Those once filled eyes
Happy but now gone
Reaching out toward the bird
Flying without care
Shooting it down
those joyous memories
looking down
Your happy objects
Poisoning them
turning them dark
Wanting to find something real
Leaving this world

So this means that the reader runs away, to find someone real, because she was filled with lies, by the ones she loved. Everyday, she is turning gloomy and stuff.
Well this is supposed to be a song. A short one. 
MikaMika13 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey!! It's a very beautiful and amazing peace of art!! I love it!! And wanted to get permission to use it as a cover photo at Facebook. Can I??
SourRazzles Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Excuse me Yuumei, but can I use this for a book cover. I write stories on this website called Wattpad and I have a story idea and this would make a great cover. I'll give you credit, I promise. So, do I have your permission?
SourRazzles Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
You know what never mind. I don't need to use it anymore.  
AnanyaArts Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is heartbreaking :(
soulessone12 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Tho we will never know what are final legacy will be...whether it will be forge in fire or ice, blood or water, sweat and tears or hugs and shaking hands. One thing is certain, what we do now will affect the futer whether for the best, or for the worst
Amabilior Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
clap remake 1b 
richardtorres21 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Every time i loose my lighter, i now know that i need to look into the entrails of dead birds. it is a possibility that i may have misplaced my lighter within a bird.
BottomFever Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this shit is deeeeeeeep as hell man i feel
Ripplingwaves Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
utoran Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Animalovex Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist
I watched the same documentary at school, its incredibly sad :(
mayu17 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
This!!! great your talking about this! I love birds and this is hurting me soo much... Also the dolphins and fish in the ocean... Garbage everywhere...
mermaidemm Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You should check out Confessions of an Eco Terrorist and Cowspiracy for more inspiration!  I'd love to see what you create after seeing those films!
mermaidemm Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so amazing.  Thank you!
tornadoz01 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
It's awesome how you use your awesome art skills to educate people and make the world a better place instead of selling your soul to a huge company.
ciskat Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw a photo of a bird with a bunch of litter inside it. It was so heartbreaking... :(
ClinicallyRepressed Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Welcome to the world of the Plastic Beach.
miss-mel Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Love love love your new work and expression of environmental and industrial catastrophe... such beautiful, sad and greatly needed messages! Thank you so much!!!
Chronochu-Chan Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student General Artist
I did an essay for the great pacific garbage patch I'm very proud of that essay, this makes me even prouder that I tried my best on it.
Minatu-chan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat! I really like the concept.
MirajaneWolfram Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful.  Humans can be so heartless at times.  But if we work together, perhaps we can restore Earth to its former beauty.
queen-observer Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work and amazing massage!Rika Shinozaki Lizbeth (Wondering) [V2] 
xXx-CorsacFox-xXx Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i just have watched trailer for movie , its so sad Waaaah! 
c0rwyn Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Jjim595 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Awesome drawing, awesome convincing.
Obscurite-Avec-Amour Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist
Beautiful, truly amazing!!
Obscurite-Avec-Amour Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist
ThePotatoOverLord Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
We watched exactly that film in school not so long ago.
A bit sad that everyone cares for about 5 min after and then it's gone from their memory.
Attyyay Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Thank you for this!  Everyone, just stop buying crap in the first place!
LaraKo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are my new+fav DA
Aticum Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student General Artist
This is so sad.
ChesireCat96 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Watched a documentary about this and I like that you inform people about it by painting 
KonoeitheWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Its nice to see that people use their artwork in order to send out clear messages. 
theheek Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing artwork even better with the message
DanDeranged Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is a superb piece, speaking directly to the legacy of our wasteful attitudes. I saw the photo of a dead albatross chick, its body rupturing apart from all the garbage packed inside of it by its confused parents, long ago, and you have captured the scene so well that it still speaks to me strongly. Of all the upsetting phenomena caused by humans, I find garbage to be the most heinous and destructive. I have tried in my own small way to share this feeling with others using my own artwork, and it is truly inspiring to see a person of your skill spreading the same message. Thank you for creating this wonderful piece of art!
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