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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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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
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  New member
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.
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