No Time to Waste.
Eco-Art Competition 2021.

Calling all artists ages 5-22. Use your creativity to help sustain our world!

*Submissions received must be in English

* Due to U.S. regulations, cash prizes awarded outside of the United States are subject to review and may not be eligible for cash award.

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Blue Whale - Right
By Jia Lin
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2021 - Division III (Ages 14-18)

The accumulation of trash presented in this art work displays the urgent need to reduce waste in our oceans. We has humans have spent centuries polluting our oceans and in a recent study published by Nature, it has been estimated that anthropogenic mass- the weight of artificial materials- has now surpassed the mass of all living beings on this planet. The environmental issue of waste and plastic pollution is important not only because is it harming wildlife and risking the endangerment of species, but also because the accumulation of plastic in our oceans contributes to the growth of microplastics. If these microplastics are eaten by marine life, and we humans eat the marine life, we can ingest these harmful microplastics too. In an article published by Reuters, it is estimated that the average human consumes 40 kilograms of microplastics in their life time. The hand made trash pieces (that are made from clay) being thrown up from the whale communicates the message that plastic pollution is being ingested by wildlife and is harming them, the food web, and their ecosystems. I see this art work conveying a message to viewers to be more mindful of the products they consume and how they dispose of those products. I hope this art work can inspire more people to pursue to a low-waste life.