Oblivious We Are


This is a much different entry than a lot of my readers are used to.  I just felt like it was important enough to let a a few people know what’s happening out there that we don’t see everyday.  It’s not too often that I start taking a political stance on things.  I don’t really feel the need to try and persuade anyone away from his or her beliefs, but sometimes there are problems in this world today that are just plain obvious, no matter where you come from or what you believe.  And most of the time, we’re oblivious to the obvious.  I was passed along a link earlier today about the rapid depleting albatross population, which is, of course, our fault.  I know the environment isn’t at the top of most people’s list of “things to un-fuck up” but in all honesty, it’s something that we’ve taken for granted for far too long.  This post is a collection of albatross carcasses captured on the Midway Atoll, which is a small stretch of sand in the middle of the North Pacific.

Here’s an excerpt from the site:

“These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world’s most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.”






Here’s the link to the rest of the photographs. And a short video detailing the source of the problem.

Kinda makes you think…

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