Spread #32 – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle December 31, 2008Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.
Not to be Scrooge or anything, but every December, I am dumbfounded by what I see – armies of people scurrying around frantically, buying stuff, exchanging unwanted things, hoarding and scarfing food, and webbing strings of light around their territories; towing trees, only to fling them to the curb a short few days later. From a bird’s eye view this looks like madness! So how December fits in with the other 11 months when we speak of conservation, preservation, greening of our planet, and taking care of its people? What happens to our efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle in the month of December? Is it all really necessary in order to be jolly? For me, this is a metaphor for the way we handle our human connections these days – our throwaway relationships, selfish seek for thrills, short attention spans, our unwillingness to step out of our shoes into another’s, our easiness and nonchalance about inflicting pain on our kids, our chosen partners, family members and friends we have or haven’t met yet. This is my nephew Gil’s altered pages of his father’s ~30 year old passport. He is the king of innovative and creative recycling. This old-passport-turned art journal represents to me the care I believe we should take of the soil we stand on and the people we depend on and are depended on us.