Our Disposable World
by Franke James
We throw so much garbage in the ocean, there’s a floating island of trash in the Pacific that is as big as Texas! (See the Trash Vortex animation by Greenpeace.)
And that is exactly the temptation humanity needs to resist. Because it’s getting late.
VISUAL ESSAY CREDITS:
“Our Disposable World” © 2010 Franke James
Photographs, illustrations and writing by Franke James, MFA, except as noted below in order of appearance:
“Far Away Impact” features sculpture from COP15 (photo by Franke James). Background landscape is © istockphoto.
“Sewer Sky” illustration features Tar sands photo © Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace
“Some who lobby to pollute” features Tar sands photo © EM / Greenpeace
Trash Vortex ©Greenpeace Canada
Conference Board of Canada: Environment GHG Emissions Per Capita
“Canada is one of the world’s largest GHG emitters. Canada ranks 16th out of 17 OECD countries on GHG emissions per capita and scores a “D” grade. In 2005, Canada’s GHG emissions were 22.6 tonnes per capita, almost double the 17-country average of 12.4 tonnes per capita. Canada’s per capita GHG emissions were also almost four times greater than Norway’s, the top performer.
While Canada’s GHG emissions per capita have risen since 1990, Norway managed to decrease its GHG emissions per capita by 30 per cent between 1990 and 2005.” For more details go to report.