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Returning from a quick trip to New York and Los Angeles for a Safe Planet event, I cringe at my carbon footprint but have a small victory on the airplane battling plastic consumption.

It's just after 7 a.m. and I've already connected with colleagues in India, Vancouver, Oregon, California, Samoa, Pakistan, Geneva, New York, Italy,  Nigeria and a special friend on the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. Thanks to globalization and the internet, we are able to communicate in seconds with friends and family around the world. It's exciting, as ArtMill is reaching out to the world and bringing our ideas of sustainability and fostering creativity to ever more people. Through our NGO ArtDialogue and our association with the United Nations Safe Planet Campaign, we are lucky to be traveling the world and bringing art to different environments demonstrating the power of creativity to make change on local, national and even international levels. ArtMill is working now on establishing a model that can be incorporated in other cultures, utilizing our right-brain power to intuite and imagine a different future. 

That future begins each day, in the small decisions we make. On my 24 hour trip back to the Mill from California yesterday, I sat on 4 different airplanes (cheap ticket!) that tried to serve me no less than 27 cups of liquids, all served in plastic. Each time I nicely offered up my aluminum carrying cup they would fill it with water, coffee, etc. Well, most of the time. Some airlines won't do it, and get snippety about it (they will remain anonymous here). But most of the time they were friendly enough and I saved at least 24 plastic cups from being tossed into the garbage. Which as we now all know, goes eventually out to sea.

Our Full Fathom Five event in New York City at the beautiful Magnan Metz gallery in Chelsea featured many talented artists, performers and even poet Jorn Ake. Artist Manuel Mansylla's wrapped plastic installation brought home the visual chaos of our throw-away lifestyle. Ben Lear sang some haunting, mournful songs on what we are doing to our oceans with the junk we are carelessly tossing away. The 5Gyres Institute and filmaker Howard Baral showed some potent films on our body burden from accumulated pollutants now in the environment. Wendy Mackie from Clean the Bay in Rhode Island shared some disturbing statistics with us. Performance artist Larry Litt brought it all home with his piece "the Cup Bearer", emphasizing how art openings are an example of waste and plastic consumption.

Back home, we picked fresh salads from the greenhouse and sprinkled it with spring herbs. Nothing in plastic here. Each of us can make the decision to support our local farmer's markets and quit consuming so much packaged, pre-processed, imported foods. Going global culturally can mean supporting local businesses and farmers. Art and Ideas are still not package-wrapped.

 

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2011-05-21 - 08:07:00  by

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21.05.2011 - 08:13 - guest - It's just after 7 a.m. and I've already connected with colleagues in India, Vancouver, Oregon, California, Samoa, Pakistan, Geneva, New York, Italy,  Nigeria and a special friend on the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. Thanks to globalization and the internet, we are able to communicate in seconds with friends and family around the world. It's exciting, as ArtMill is reaching out to the world and bringing our ideas of sustainability and fostering creativity to ever more people. Through our NGO ArtDialogue and our association with the United Nations Safe Planet Campaign, we are lucky to be traveling the world and bringing art to different environments demonstrating the power of creativity to make change on local, national and even international levels. ArtMill is working now on establishing a model that can be incorporated in other cultures, utilizing our right-brain power to intuite and imagine a different future.  That future begins each day, in the small decisions we make. On my 24 hour trip back to the Mill from California yesterday, I sat on 4 different airplanes (cheap ticket!) that tried to serve me no less than 27 cups of liquids, all served in plastic. Each time I nicely offered up my aluminum carrying cup they would fill it with water, coffee, etc. Well, most of the time. Some airlines won't do it, and get snippety about it (they will remain anonymous here). But most of the time they were friendly enough and I saved at least 24 plastic cups from being tossed into the garbage. Which as we now all know, goes eventually out to sea. Our Full Fathom Five event in New York City at the beautiful Magnan Metz gallery in Chelsea featured many talented artists, performers and even poet Jorn Ake. Artist Manuel Mansylla's wrapped plastic installation brought home the visual chaos of our throw-away lifestyle. Ben Lear sang some haunting, mournful songs on what we are doing to our oceans with the junk we are carelessly tossing away. The 5Gyres Institute and filmaker Howard Baral showed some potent films on our body burden from accumulated pollutants now in the environment. Wendy Mackie from Clean the Bay in Rhode Island shared some disturbing statistics with us. Performance artist Larry Litt brought it all home with his piece "the Cup Bearer", emphasizing how art openings are an example of waste and plastic consumption. Back home, we picked fresh salads from the greenhouse and sprinkled it with spring herbs. Nothing in plastic here. Each of us can make the decision to support our local farmer's markets and quit consuming so much packaged, pre-processed, imported foods. Going global culturally can mean supporting local businesses and farmers. Art and Ideas are still not package-wrapped.  

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