I have been an active environmentalist since I was a teenager. There was money to be made, one nickel at a time back then, by collecting discarded soda bottles. Metal cans were delivered to a recycling bin of a major can manufacturer with the help of my reluctant father who claimed “you’re just putting money in someone else’s pocket.” Of course, he was right, “but at least it wasn’t going into the waste stream” I replied.
Now, many years later, the problem of waste has grown exponentially. Glass bottles have been replaced by single-use plastic. Despite recycling as much as possible, individually and working with a community-based litter gathering program, I see plastic waste continues to clutter the environment. So much more needs to be done. To bring awareness to this situation, I make use of my strongest voice: art making.