She does look a bit parched, doesn’t she? This painting was exhibited in a local art show with the theme of WATER. Water–not that long ago, living in San Francisco, we could drink tap water. Bottled water was unheard of. Now it’s commonplace.
Rather than root out and respond to the cause of impurities in our water, we bottle and ship water from sources that we hope are not contaminated. We buy water!
I notice how we adapt to the changing circumstances that are caused by our improper use of the earth.
The way that we extract resources–detrimental to the earth and the inhabitants of that land.
The way that we dispose of waste…detrimental to the land and sea and its inhabitants.
The way we package products–detrimental to our health and the environment.
The way we ship products long distances–detrimental to air quality.
What is causing cancer rates to increase? What is it in our external environment that contributes to this? The way we eat, drink, the contaminants in our food, our clothing, the air?
STOP! When do we begin to reverse what we’ve discovered is messing up our environment. What animal trashes home the way that humans do?
As we tamper with our ecosystems, there is going to be less potable water and more saltwater, undrinkable. I don’t understand the science of it…but things are heading in that direction. Neither do I know the timeframe. That premise is what informed this painting. It doesn’t have to be this way…but it’s not going to change until human beings gather and stand together to change things for the better.
Earth wants to work with us. Let’s not ignore the call.
A few years ago, I watched a full-length video (it’s about twenty-one minutes long) on The Story of Stuff as presented by Annie Leonard. Following is a two-minute segment that begins to give you an idea of how we make, distribute, use and dispose of stuff. If you are interested in seeing the entire video, you can find it on YouTube. I highly recommend it.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.