Over the past month I have watched numerous documentaries that have enlightened me on the lack of protection and respect humans have for the ocean. A healthy ocean is the beginning of life as well as the largest CO2 absorbing entity on the planet. In a polluted world where we have suddenly become aware (or not so aware) of our harmful CO2 emissions you would think that we would be doing everything in our power to ensure that the ocean was kept in good form to help us out. Sadly we have already wiped out 50% of the coral reefs and are quickly depleting the ocean of fish through unsustainable fishing habits, acidification and the destruction of habitat. If we continue in this manner there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050!
The more I learn, the more I am disappointed in humanity and the people who really have the power to change things. I am currently taking steps to lessen my personal environmental footprint. I try to buy things with less packaging, recycle and I am going back to a vegetarian diet because agriculture and the practices around raising animals for food accounts for the largest percentage of CO2 emissions (more than all transportation combined.)
Because I am so bothered about these facts I have dedicated most of this month to painting sea turtles in a coral reef. I have a larger acrylic version of the same turtle also in the works and every time I sit and paint I am distracted by thoughts about the plight of the ocean. My job as an artist is to share this knowledge in every possible way.