Grant W.

Stop Pollution

1.4 billion pounds of garbage is dumped into the ocean every year.  5,000 people die each day due to unsafe water.  Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals die each year as a result of pollution.  These are just a few of the haunting facts that stress the need to reduce pollution and protect the environment.  While people are starting to become more and more aware of this world wide-problem, if we do not take this issue seriously, it can only get worse.  Right now, some of the organizations that are trying to reduce pollution are the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Earth 911.  These organizations work to try and coordinate cleanups across the country, and also strive to encourage recycling around the world.  While these organizations are doing their best, each individual needs to try and make a difference in order for all of this to work.  This issue is important to me because I feel like that being an American, we especially need to take action.  After all, the U.S. produces 30% of the world’s waste, and uses over 25% of the world’s resources.  I think that this issue is also important to me because it affects all walks of life, whether it is animals, humans, or the natural resources in the world.  Some other issues might only affect humans or certain animals, but pollution does not do anything good.

In my artwork, I tried to create a collage of pictures from the Internet.  Some of the pictures represented animals affected by pollution, as well as pictures of polluted air and water.  The main focus was a picture of the reduce, reuse, and recycle logo, which symbolizes what needs to be done to end this issue.  I included a interesting fact, to emphasize how big of a problem this is.  Besides using pictures from the internet, I used colored pencils to try and draw an oil spill at the top of the hexagon.  I used a variation of  colors (green, blue, gray, black, brown, yellow, orange, red) and these types of media to symbolize how this problem affects everyone in the world.  Lastly, I chose to use a picture of a man breathing in the air of a tree that is being kept in a glass, because the air around him is too polluted to inhale.  Although this may be a little extreme, I chose to use this picture to symbolize what our earth could be like if we do not act soon.


Grace P.
03/05/2013 3:55pm

Wow nice! I really liked how you made it look like a collage and had the recycling symbol in the middle. Also I like how you made it very colorful.

Alex V.
03/06/2013 1:49pm

This is beautiful! I like how you used the pictures to show the causes of pollution.

Delaney H.
03/06/2013 6:23pm

I like how you used a wide variety of photos to show the negative affects of pollution, and the positive outcome of going green!

Ms. Weiss
03/15/2013 11:49am

Grant, this is a beautiful and powerful piece of artwork! Additionally, the stats you used in your commentary really illustrated how severe the problem is. Great job!

Ethan K
03/19/2013 8:41am

I liked the Pictures you used in your hexagon because they all demonstrate a different ways the earth is being polluted. I also like the way you gave a lot of different facts in the beginning of your commentary.


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