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Pollution, Overfishing, And The Sea Of An Urban Environment

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Philadelphia is a city not far yet not terribly close to the coast, a city rooted in public art relating to the history of the area. Although bordered by both the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, it is often forgotten that the everyday actions of citizens of the city impact the environment both near and as far away as the Atlantic coast. Awareness must be brought to the issue that we, the human race, are slowly but surely degrading our planet to the point that it will force major lifestyle changes for future generations. Art can be used to express emotion, politics, aesthetic pleasures, et cetera. With a focus on oceanic conservation and preservation, I propose a project to call awareness to the issues of pollution, overfishing, and…show more content…
It is the duty of those living today to ensure this time is delayed, to ensure we do everything in our power to conserve these perfect living conditions which our species can thrive and evolve under. Perhaps the most well known problem is that of plastic pollution, as it is very visible in the daily lives of many citizens all over the globe. In North Philadelphia surrounding Temple’s campus is a constant barrage of empty bottles, plastic bags, discarded wrappers. This is not a unique problem to a single area, rather it haunts the entire globe. Once this litter finds its way to a water source such as the Delaware of Schuylkill rivers there is very little to stop it from traveling downstream and out into the Atlantic. The destruction of wetlands, the natural barriers of land and sea, a sort of plastic highway has been created to enter the oceanic ecosystem. Callum Roberts explains that “…what has shocked the world into taking plastic more seriously are the great ocean garbage patches circling endlessly on voyages without destinations…unless we do something, these places will continue to suck in trash like oceanic black holes. The trash piles heaped up at the end of the day are horrific testaments to how messy we are” (Roberts 266-7). The proposed installation will call attention to the waste littered around campus as the netting could potentially pick up the floating debris that is often seen caught in
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