Courage for sustainability?

8 Jun

One of my courses is built up around the value chain in the food system: production-manufacture-distribution-consumption-disposal. In the session on disposal and packaging I like to use images by photographer Chris Jordan from his project “Midway: Message from the Gyre”. These are images that show us where some of that Great Pacific Garbage Patch are ending up. Chris captures them on film exactly as he finds them. Nothing is moved or changed in any way. Here’s one or two of them.

Chris and his collaborators are currently making a film of the Midway story.  You can follow their progress via the blog here and see the trailer here.

The question he poses in the trailer – “Do we have the courage to face the realities of our time?” – is, I think, a central one, and brings us to one of the qualities that we need in these days, namely courage. We speak much about what we need to do and debate about who needs to do it, but we speak little about how we need to be to do what needs to be done.

2 Responses to “Courage for sustainability?”

  1. slowborg June 9, 2012 at 03:54 #

    These are horrifying and beyond saddening pictures. The photographer is braver than I, to seek out these terrible things and photograph them so we can all be made aware.
    I wish everyone in the western world was made to see this work.

  2. simplycarola June 11, 2012 at 22:05 #

    Hi Slowborg, yes, I agree they are quite hard-hitting but most of all I find them poignant, I think they have the power of transformation. I hope that prevails.

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