It Takes Guts

One of our AusPen customers recently shared with me his ‘aha moment’, his point of no return in his decision to look for an alternative to disposable plastic pens. He had seen a photograph of a deceased, partly-decomposed albatross that had a plastic marker lodged in his stomach.
[caption id="attachment_388" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Credit: Chris Jordan"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_389" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Credit: Chris Jordan"][/caption] Confused albatross birds are feeding their young brightly colored plastic from the pacific garbage patch, thousands of miles away from land. Wow. The photographs are startling and mind-boggling. The message from the photographs is overwhelming and depressing. But this 4th grade teacher of resource use and conservation felt compelled to take action and move away from disposable plastic markers. This act reminded me of the following quotation from Adlin Sinclair: “You are the embodiment of the information you choose to accept and act upon. To change your circumstances you need to change your thinking and subsequent actions.” Chris Jordan’s photographs of dead albatross chicks show a vast array of colourful plastics in the birds’ guts, from cigarette lighters to golf balls to water bottle caps. For a visual experience that will not leave you, check out the Message from the Gyre by Chris Jordan:

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