This mixed media painting was a collage experience. It is a fanciful rendition in recognition of the variety of fish and life forms who live in the ocean. Our earth’s oceans are a source of health to us, to the environment and home to innumerable creatures. In 1951, Rachel Carson wrote a poetic book about the sea —
The Sea Around Us.
Sadly, we have used the ocean as a dumpsite for our discarded, non-biodegradable waste. Everything from plastic to radioactive waste has been dumped into the sea. Not to mention the oil spills. I wonder how advanced a civilization we are that we don’t realize the intricate weaving of the ocean into the dynamic energy of the ecosystem of which we are part. And if we realize this deeply, are we going to change our ways of disposing of stuff? We have great minds in this world, surely we can change our habits of use and disposal. We better get with the program very soon as the earth is reacting to such waste.
This three-minute video clip from a lecture given by Maria Popova is too beautiful for words. She reads a segment from Rachel Carson’s book about the sea. The sheer beauty of it brought tears to my eyes. I hope that you take a moment to get present, shut your eyes and listen deeply.