We have a quote on our studio wall that says “where is this away we throw our stuff?”
It is an odd question, a confusing question – but have you really considered where the things we throw “away” actually go to? Where is this “away” place we talk about?
List the things you have thrown “away” today so far and consider where they might end up… not sure? Perhaps this is easier for me as I am a hoarder by nature! Let me help you… this is what “away” looks like:
Source: Two Oceans Vibe
Source: The Greentimes
There really is no “away”.
In Cape Town we have 3 landfills that have already been filled and closed. Our current landfills are already full to capacity and rapidly overfilling up to 50 m above ground level.
How crazy is it to think that these kinds of landfills take up vast amounts of acres all over the world. Many of which are filled with garbage that cannot be decomposed. Did you know that it takes more than 500 years for a disposable nappie to biodegrade.
Making Peace is a photo exhibition currently in the Company Gardens. I was inspired and a little shocked by some of the images I saw there.
One of the reasons this photo exhibition spoke to me, was of course the section all about our responsibility to be “green” for our future, our world, ourselves.
In Guangdong, China this former rice farming community is now an enormous Centre for recycling and disposal of electronic waste (definitely unable to decompose). According to the Basel Action Network only half of all this waste is actually recycled.
Images by Jim Xu
90% of our waste can be reused or recycled.
Perhaps just for the rest of today we could think every time we throw something “away” where it may end up and if maybe just maybe there wasn’t another option?
One of the quotes I read in the exhibition was from Al Gore Jr.
“The next generation will ask us one of two questions. Either they will ask: ‘What were you thinking; why didn’t you act?’ Or they will ask instead: ‘How did you find the moral courage to rise and successfully resolve a crisis that so many said was impossible to solve?’ ”
Let’s try and keep our city, our country, our planet clean and beautiful.
The City of Cape Town partnered by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Swiss confederation, the FW de Klerk Foundation, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and Action Support Centre. All to bring us a great treat. This is the first time that Making Peace is presented outside Europe where the exhibition will remain on-show along Government Avenue until 31 January 2015. The exhibition is presented in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa languages.