Parley Talks: CHRIS JORDAN – MIDWAY: MESSAGE FROM THE GYRE


 

“I think it takes the most courage of all to feel grief, to grieve what is being lost.” 

 

Nine out of ten seabirds have ingested plastic. By 2050, virtually all seabirds will have plastic in their stomachs. We protect what we love, yet we are failing to protect the earth. Acclaimed photographic artist, filmmaker, and cultural activist Chris Jordan believes this is because we have lost touch with what we love. In his Parley Talk, he builds a powerful case against the most dangerous human tendency: apathy. 

To document the consequences of our disconnect from nature, Chris turns his lens on the plight of the albatross at Midway Atoll, more than 1,300 miles from the nearest store yet directly impacted by swirling accumulations of plastic debris at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Gyre. Chris's images of Midway confront the true toll of plastic addiction in today's culture of mass consumption and convenience, inviting the audience to do the same — to consider what we stand to lose, indeed what we're already losing, should we continue to turn away from our emotions. 

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