Environmental artist J. Henry Fair has produced a series of staggering photos in his latest book Industrial Scars – The Hidden Costs of Consumption. The photos are marvellous and capture some amazing landscapes in beautiful colours and shapes, but the real meaning behind the photos is rather more sinister. Fair highlights how our consumption is changing the world that we live in and unless we make a drastic change, this damage will become tragic and irreversible.
It feels as though we have hit breaking point. The election of Trump has caused huge concern amongst environmentalists that the big changes we desperately need will be ignored and discarded as ‘unimportant’. Big industrial production and the creation of jobs is of bigger importance to Trump than climate change. It’s dangerous attitudes like this which could see the wonders of our world disappear. Obama’s good work could be undone all too quickly. After seeing the reaction of young people to the Planet Earth II series, we are confident that it is the younger generation that want to see these changes, and want to create a world that is fair to all inhabitants, not just humans. Melting glaciers, rising sea levels, huge CO2 emissions and greenhouse gases create a world which most animals struggle to cope with. Our selfish view must change and it must change now. It is frustrating as here at HEKKTA we believe that it is ageing and past-it politicians (if you can call Trump a politician) that are shaping a world they won’t even live in. Most young people want to improve the way we create energy and run our world. Henry Fair has highlighted how crucial it is for us to act now, as with all the unsustainable energy produced, the bigger the hole will be for future generations and this planet.