Pay Attention To What Our Birds Tell Us
Chris Jordan goes back to the Midway island with a team of artists to document what we are doing to the birds and our planet.
If you’re not familiar with Chris, last year he went to a remote island in the Pacific Ocean called Midway Atoll. There he took photos to show the world the effects of trash on the Albatross. The pictures he took were unbelievable. Now he’s going back.
Okay, let’s be honest. The video below is very emotional. You may even cry. There are also images of dead birds with stomachs full of plastic. I thoroughly recommend it.
I don’t think we act until we feel something. And that, to me, is the great power of art. Is that it connects us with what we feel about things.
I completely agree. Sometimes videos or pictures can cause extremes emotions, but it is these same emotions that can move us to take action. They can be the driving force that propels us forward, like Chris.
Towards the end of the video, an emotional elder says:
Pay attention to what our birds tell us. They are dying. We should be ashamed that we have come to this.
Seeing the birds full of plastic is obviously taking a toll on Chris. At one point in the video, he turns away from his camera and he looks as though he is going to vomit. Near the end you can tell just how much this is affecting him when you see him crying. He is putting himself through so much personal pain to bring us these videos and photos. Not everyone could do this.
I would love to hear your thoughts.