— 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 consequences to be faced. But we don’t seem as conscious of the PTSD, depression and anxiety on a mass scale we are experiencing and how it’s actually making the situation 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. People are often demoralized which results in more frustration, conflict-avoidance and even higher pollution on our part! People are confused and simply give up.

This satirical photo project on the topic of Eco-Anxiety, shifts the attention to what human beings are feeling when looking at the world and why that matters, rather than only focusing on all the ways we are destroying it. These images are my personal interpretation of how clueless / helpless many of us feel when trying to do something good for the planet when we’re not convinced it makes a difference. From my point of view, the reason this topic matters is because, as important as the topic of Climate Change is, a dissapointed and anxious stage in the collective mind and consciousness isn’t any less. Being angry is only making the situation worse.

I chose plastic as the “link” because of the major irony of knowing that plastic is one of the biggest problems we have environmentally, yet we continue to rely on it to protect our valuables, ourselves, our crops, animals, etc. from an increasingly crazy weather. The plastic in these images symbolizes human anxiety and disorientation and feels 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 I hope we can at least realize that we are not alone in the jumble.

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