Nuclear Waste…

Another of my environmental art statements… and with all this talk about what our kids stand to lose… well, I thought it apt.

Nuclear Waste...

Nuclear Waste...

 

… or… What Was That?
… or… Too Late
… or… Winter’s Coming

I had a very hard time naming this piece. It’s a personal protest at our greed, our stupidity and our ignorance, when it comes to the world we live in and the way we choose to power it. As a mother, a grandmother, a wife, an aunt, a sister, a friend… and as a woman… the rate at which we’re destroying our world shocks and worries me. I wonder what (if anything) our children and grandchildren will be left with after we’re gone. Will we steal all their wealth so that we can show others that we own things that we don’t even need? Will we destroy their world in our efforts to make ourselves fat, and hand them an empty husk when we have nothing else left? Will there be enough food to eat?… enough air to breathe?…
I hope so…

I hope our children don’t become the waste… or the sea, or the birds. It makes me sad that many species are already extinct because of our own actions. I hope we stop and realise what we’re doing before it’s our children who suffer.

Our environment needs us to make a change from our dependence on coal, fossil fuels and nuclear power. We have the technology to stop pouring waste into our atmosphere. There are simple and safe methods to power our world. We don’t need to sacrifice luxuries, we just need to buy smarter. We don’t need to impede progress… we need to progress on to the next stage of technological development. We can’t just turn a blind eye anymore. We can change…. we can progress past the technologies that give us an incentive to rape and destroy our home…. and place our children in the path of danger.

We could make a difference if we all tried… if we all cared.

Photo manipulation. Layers of my own photos, including the children on the beach, a sunset, a lightning strike and birds. Original photos taken with Fuji finepix S5600

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5 Comments

  1. cc1804 said,

    September 29, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I have looked at this several times today – something about it just draws you in completely.
    So beautiful, yet oh so sinister – is very compelling. The glow around the kids’ heads gives them an angelic appearance yet symbolically so so dire.
    I love it!

    • Tina said,

      September 30, 2010 at 6:53 am

      Thank you… that’s exactly the reaction I was hoping for. That glow around the kids’ heads was meant to say just that…
      ‘There be angels here. Tread carefully…’
      Please feel free to print any of the art here if you choose. As our friend, our permission is a given.
      xx 😮

      • cc1804 said,

        September 30, 2010 at 10:19 am

        Thank you 🙂
        Pictures say a lot more than just words – much more emotive.

  2. bob said,

    September 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Caption for pic…

    ” Guess what Sally, Mom said that over there there was a beautiful vacation island till they moved nuclear plant there…”

    It was fact in most past generations that parents did everything i their power to insure their childrens lives would be better, and that wasn’t just as individuals, but by society as a whole…

    but now days all the politicians are just looking after their jobs and the futures of the children be damned…
    hell, the future of the group AFTER THEIR TERMS be damned…

    Look at fraking..thats pumping methane and sandy water under ground to to break open natural gas reserves…
    only problem is it releases gas into drinking water where they can light tap water as it leaves taps…
    and if put in bucket you can actually see it evaporating…

    http://www.straight.com/article-282210/vancouver/lucrative-dirty-secret

    • Tina said,

      September 30, 2010 at 7:25 am

      Wow… that’s scary. It makes me shake my head that there is no accountability for this technology. Of course they know that this happens… the fact that Cheney gave them blanket immunity is sad… or angering.
      I have learnt a bit about gas seaming, and it doesn’t seem to be a very good answer to me, for a number of reasons. The poisons needed to fracture the rock is one of those reasons (but all mining uses poisons)… and it’s not, after all, a truly renewable resource (the gas itself is finite). Apart from that, it does take a lot of water… and wasting/contaminating water is just as silly as contaminating our atmosphere. We could certainly do a lot better than this as well…
      But, this is another lucrative business…

      And I loved what you said about past generations caring about their children. In every culture at every other point in time, parents have educated and cared for their own children as though they were the most precious resource on Earth. Today, we tend to hand many of those teaching and caring duties over to strangers (day care, school, camps, etc) without a thought… because we have been told that we need to. It kind of dulls our sense of responsibility, I think, that we don’t do this personally any more. And I think it’s affected our idea of our own responsibilities… people don’t learn respect any more. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that we’ve come to covet wealth/power/politics instead of the love, respect AND HEALTH of our own family… why we can disregard their basic human needs so easily


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