I had struggled to put into words what the globe made me feel for months now and selfishly held onto it instead of passing it to someone else.
My relationship to the earth has taken such a strange route in my life. As any child who grew up in the early nineties remembers the environment and our impact on it was something we were exposed to quite often. From Captain Planet to Nickelodeon interstitials of not letting the faucet run or turning the lights off, we were empowered, occasionally subliminally, to be more mindful and proactive in regards to our relationship with the world we lived in. As I got older I took a natural interest in the environment and was the president of the environmental club in high school. Unfortunately, I was also raised in a Republican household where the “scourge” of leftist global warming was a boogeyman and the coal and gas industry were championed. Ignorance above reason. I can’t help but draw parallels between the apathy and ignorance of that ‘conservative” mindset and my selfishness in hoarding this globe to myself these past few months… But as I distanced myself from that ideology of corporatism it became clear how close we had gotten to saving the world from climate change and how far we have moved away from that. I’d love for there to be a world like ours now left for my children but I grow increasingly discouraged especially when there are those out there who thought like my family did.
I hope that this project succeeds in tapping into the worlds emotional core and awakens us from our somnambulist state. We need to act now to avoid catastrophe. I’m going to continue to do my part and one step is passing this globe off to someone else.