— How Soon Is Now?

Our planet is at breaking point and it is not only affecting the victims of natural disasters; Can we talk about Eco-Anxiety?

Most of us are well aware of the long list of things we are doing against the health of our planet as well as the terrible consequences to be faced. But we are not so conscious of the PTSD, depression and anxiety on a mass scale we are experiencing and how much damage that is causing. People are often demoralized which results in more frustration, conflict-avoidance and even higher pollution on our part! To make things worse, we find ourselves submerged in a confusing, high consumption lifestyle which makes us believe that important actions such as using less plastic, less water or less heat, etc. are ineffective and pointless.

This satirical photo series on the topic of Eco-Anxiety, shifts the attention to what human beings are feeling when looking at the world, and not only to the fact that we are hurting the world. These images are my personal interpretation of how clueless and helpless we feel sometimes when trying to do something good. From my point of view, the reason this topic matters is because it speaks not only of the situation we are dealing with environmentally, but also of a particular stage in the collective mind and consciousness.

The reason I chose plastic as the “link”, is because of the irony: knowing that plastic is one of the major problems we are dealing with environmentally, yet we still continue to use it to protect ourselves and our crops, animals and goods from difficult weather and struggle to get rid of it in many ways. In these photo series, it speaks about human desperation, anxiety and confusion and it’s both frustrating and a little humorous to me.

Perhaps one day we realize the power of our actions towards the climate crisis and manage the inability to feel like we are making a difference in stopping it, no matter how much we want to. In the meantime we should at least be certain that we are not alone in the jumble.

Note:

The plastic used in the images is being used for other work and ordinary life things until I decide to recycle it (it is 100% recyclable).”
— Felicidad