Waste is a bit of a sticky issue in the USA. Our recycling is sketchy and impractical at best, and the city I live in, NYC ships tons of garbage to New Jersey on a daily basis. YECK. Sometimes things need to be seen on the scale of impact ot be truly appreciated. Everest certainly looks tall to me, but on paper it just can't convey justice. Artist Chris Jordan's Running the Numbers "series looks at contemporary American culture through the lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on... Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 426,000 cell phones retired every day."
Beautifully poignant, this is a reminder of the world we populate and impact everyday. What is waste? Is it the wrapper left behind after we eat a sandwich or is it something that is dissolvable, sustainable or reusable in another avenue of life? Heck New York city's foundations were built on garbage and dead livestock. Its time we consider the lifestyle of things before we produce and consumer them. Reduce your impact and improve your life.
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Running the Numbers