I came across the website of a visual artist, Chris Jordan, courtesy of an enlightened neighbor, and the images are startling enough that I think I will post from time to time, in an attempt to change peoples' habits with a visual one-two punch, as opposed to just words on a screen. I think any sane, thinking person would view these as a bit of a wake-up call, and hopefully be moved to action. We can not keep plundering our planet and expect there to be no long term consequences. Although the images are done with the US in mind I am sure they apply globally. If you would like to view the website, and share with others to spread the word, it is here
Step one - use reusable cloth bags for your groceries, or take some of your plastic bags along and reuse them. The store we shop at on Vancouver Island no longer provides plastic, or paper, bags and we bring along our own tote bags that are kept in the car trunk. It's an easy first step and maybe, just maybe, other people seeing you do this might be moved to do the same. Be a trend setter!
Depicts 60,000 plastic bags, the number used in the US every five seconds.
Detail at actual size: