Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Cochabamba CLimate Meeting- BOlivia

Setting rules for nature and giving her rights...seems strange to me,

The Bolivian government got the ball rolling by proposing four big ideas: that nature should be granted rights that protect ecosystems from annihilation (a "Universal Declaration of Mother Earth Rights"); that those who violate those rights and other international environmental agreements should face legal consequences (a "Climate Justice Tribunal"); that poor countries should receive various forms of compensation for a crisis they are facing but had little role in creating ("Climate Debt"); and that there should be a mechanism for people around the world to express their views on these topics ("World People's Referendum on Climate Change").

Despite this however I do find it reassuring to learn that there are summits discussing climate change,particularly after the flop of Copenhagen. This time its in Bolivia, named World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth- the name sells it well.

Whilst people are beginning to recognise that it is in fact society that needs to be saved and re-assessed rather then the nature, its beginning to look like we may get somewhere. It is often the problem when promoting green issues- people get cast off as hippies who love the planet and want to save the pretty flowers. This is not the case. Its about thinking, common-sense, strategic design. Its about saving ourselves. Despite having come so far, we remain so naive, Surely the salvation of the human race is much more important then saving the nature. We need humans, in fact we are humans, thats what we relate to, so that should be the point used to convince the nations. It needs to be simple, straight forward, approached from a different angle.. In a report in The nation, the smart journalist picks up on this........

" after the Copenhagen debacle, an exceedingly dangerous talking point went viral: the real culprit of the breakdown was democracy itself. The UN process, giving equal votes to 192 countries, was simply too unwieldy--better to find the solutions in small groups. Even trusted environmental voices likeJames Lovelock fell prey: "I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as a war," he told the Guardian recently. "It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while." But in reality, it is such small groupings--like the invitation-only club that rammed through the Copenhagen Accord--that have caused us to lose ground, weakening already inadequate existing agreements. By contrast, the climate change policy brought to Copenhagen by Bolivia was drafted by social movements through a participatory process, and the end result was the most transformative and radical vision so far."

They got it!- now we need to promote that. The only problem now is..how do you make humans care about themselves when they always have the answer..."well, we're all going to die anyway, so i might as well just do what i want whilst i'm here"- a strong yet also so invalid reason. Yes we will all die, but we are here for a reason, not just to inflict damage and get fat. We are meant to be productive, fulfil our dreams and goals. I question anybody who claims they are happier doing nothing over being active, conscience and assertive....For now, i'm with the Bolivian ambassador of the UN Pablo Solon-

"The only thing that can save mankind from a tragedy is the exercise of global democracy."

Poster awareness

Whilst it becomes important to priorities what is improtant for the final body of work. I have decided to focus on the installation, website, bottle selling and promotion. This poster is part of the awareness campaign. Simple yet clear......have you ever thought?

Watch out men..you definitely need to change the way you drink

Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a chemical commonly used by industry in the manufacture of plastics. Originally developed as a synthetic version of the female hormone estrogen, it is now found in everything from baby bottles to plastic water bottles to lining on the inside of cans. In fact, BPA exposure is now so widespread that it was found in over 93% of urine samples in a 2004 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study.

A recent study directly links BPA exposure to erectile dysfunction and other sexual problems in men. The study, conducted from 2004 until early 2009, studied over 600 men who were exposed to high levels of BPA at their jobs and a control group that was not exposed to BPA.

The men who were exposed to BPA were four times as likely to experience erectile dysfunction and seven times as likely to have trouble ejaculating.

The study, which was published in the journal Human Reproduction, is the first to examine the effects of BPA on the reproductive systems of human males. The federal government is increasing funding for BPA research to expand scientific and medical knowledge about BPA, and to find answers consumers can trust. The government is expected to spend over $30 million over the next two years studying the effects of BPA on early childhood sexual development and sexual function in men.

Although it is currently impossible to completely avoid BPA, there are some steps consumers can take to minimize exposure. Switching to glass or metal containers without plastic liners, looking for BPA free plastics, not heating microwavable food in polycarbonate containers, and reducing or eliminating consumption of bottled water can reduce BPA exposure.


Monday, 26 April 2010

MSLK..have done my idea,...what do i do now?

So now i have found this wonderful awareness installation, i feel sad and worried about doing my installation. Its been done...i can't really do it exactly again. Also its becoming important to think about how to display my 'work' in the final exhibition. Will i hang all these bottles....750?- from the ceiling? - line them up on the floor?- make a sculpture?- I want to use them as i'm sure it is a powerful convincing tool, and i would like them to become and inconvenience in people lives...but how to don't this? - Its all getting FAR to interdisciplinary.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

A little something like this.

ALthough only a quarter of the length, this is the general style of the animation. Various voices appealing to various people.

ANimation for the nation.

This is the animation that will play when entering the website. It will have a voice over and be the right speed. It is meant for all, thus it is simple with splashes of colour.

Getting out there...

Whilst the website is still under construction, the facebook group is promoting the cause, attraction conversation and debate.....set deadline for website....Friday. Doing a selling session at a festival on saturday....so want it up and going by then.

Plastic bottle awareness installation.

After delaying the installation due to wanting to have everything perfect, i continue to look for inspiration.
This interdisciplinary design studio did this fantastic installation to promote plastic water bottle consumption in U.S.A.
They use metal wiring, a lot better then the skinny nylon i have been using....

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Its all go in Canada...and why not in England?

Ruth Elliott once thought nothing of carrying her drinking water in a Nalgene polycarbonate bottle, the plastic container that many bikers, hikers and babies use. But she began to notice more people in her Santa Cruz, Calif., neighborhood transporting their H2O in sleek stainless-steel receptacles. Early this year she joined the growing cadre of metal toters when she plunked down $25.95 for a 40-oz. (1.2 L) stainless bottle. What swayed Elliott, 32, was Canada's decision in late 2007 to reassess a substance found in polycarbonate — bisphenol A (BPA), an estrogen mimicker linked to several medical conditions and diseases.

That the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a draft report on Aug. 15 that the trace amounts of BPA found in polycarbonate containers do not pose a threat to infants or adults mattered not a whit to Elliott, or to the many others who have heeded the advice of some experts who disagree with the FDA. (Canada has announced it will ban the import and sale of polycarbonate baby bottles.)

The groundswell of demand has helped producers of stainless bottles experience a huge surge in sales, seemingly overnight. But the switch has also created its own set of management, environment and trade issues for the lucky manufacturers. One winner is Klean Kanteen, in Chico, Calif., which projects 2008 revenues of $18 million, up from $2.5 million in 2007 and less than $1 million in 2006. Guyot Designs, in Deer Isle, Maine, another stainless-bottle maker, also saw its business do a 180. Guyot projects revenues of $5 million this year, 60% of that from stainless-bottle sales. In 2007, those bottles accounted for only $60,000 of revenue.

Klean Kanteen anticipated the demand several years ago. In early 2004, small-business owners Darrel Cresswell and his children Jeff Cresswell and Michelle Kalberer became the order-fulfillment contractors for the inventor of a 27-oz. (.8 L) stainless bottle called Klean Kanteen. The more bottles the siblings shipped, the more buzz they heard. "We recognized the potential of stainless steel's long life cycle and thought the bottle had really huge potential if marketed correctly," says Jeff Cresswell. Eventually, the family became owners of the company.

Guyot Designs recently experienced its own dizzying trajectory. Established in 2002 to provide accessories for Nalgene bottles, Guyot — Josh Guyot is product designer and his wife Sloan Russell is president — debuted four stainless-bottle designs in 2005. "We were aware the market was changing," says Russell.

But not as fast as they thought. Initially, their bottles didn't sell, and the company dumped its stainless inventory at cost two weeks before Canada's BPA-related announcement late last year. When a large Canadian outdoor-product retailer pulled polycarbonate bottles off its shelves, Guyot got bombarded with "gigantic orders" and was left scrambling. "We made two trips to China to convince our factory — they thought we were crazy — to make more tools, and we still missed many deadlines," says Russell. Klean Kanteen's two factories in China also had to install more equipment. With weekly shipments averaging 50,000 bottles, the company is just now catching up with orders.

Some consumers find themselves in a quandary over environmental issues. While enthusiastic about stainless's recyclability, they're dismayed by China's manufacturing processes, which are not always the greenest. Guyot's Russell uses a third-party verification team to monitor its factory, and the company offsets all carbon emissions resulting from the production process.

Despite the controversies, as well as the FDA's most recent evaluation of BPA and the new BPA-free plastic bottles perched on retailers' shelves, the demand for stainless bottles has not abated. "A slight dip in sales" would be Cresswell's worst-case scenario. "The replacement for polycarbonate is still plastic, and there's a psychological reserve that plastic is bad," says Russell. Which makes the outlook for stainless appear shiny.

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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

FOuntains....they come in all shapes and sizes....but were are they now?

Now this makes me laugh...

Regarded as one the of the 'best' bottled waters- Hildon have recently been releasing aggressive campaigns against tap water. On their website they make the statement....

Hildon Natural Mineral Water has long associations with the finest
hotels, restaurants, events & venues and wherever perfection is
a priority, Hildon's is the water of choice.

A Statement from Hildon
For weeks and months we have come across the most horrific stories about bottled water on the radio or in the press. Incompetent sources criticize bottled water as immoral or bombard us with figures and emission statistics etc. However, none of them ever manage to get to the bottom of the issue or properly inform the public. To be honest, we at Hildon Ltd have had enough of this situation and have developed a campaign that provides facts and figures to put controversial issues into the correct perspective.
We welcome an open and fair discussion.
Read the full statement here


They go on to say...

The role of bottled water in the 21st century is changing fundamentally. Plastic is becoming recognized as a viable alternative to glass. The advantages in terms of safety, weight and portability are obvious, but there are environmental benefits too - up to 40 per cent less fuel is used to transport drinks in plastic bottles compared with glass bottles. Hildon's plastic bottles are constructed from P.E.T (polyethylene terephthalate), which is 100% recyclable.

What a joke!- 100% recyclable -may be its true, but they don't recycle it, if they actually did it, they could claim it, but here they are just lying! This is what is the worst about these companies..claims claims claims...such little truth though.

It was all go in 2008- but I've seen no change!

Boris wants fountains to replace bottles

Pippa Crerar, City Hall Editor

Water fountains could be put up in parks and public spaces across London under plans being developed by Boris Johnson.

The Mayor believes that providing free water for Londoners would help deter them from buying plastic bottles. He has instructed special adviser Sir Simon Milton to look into where the drinking fountains could go and how much they would cost.

Mr Johnson said: "If this place is generally getting hotter and people are going off buying bottled water I think we should have a new era of public fountains."

The move would be a major victory for the Evening Standard's Water on Tap campaign. Hundreds of restaurants, caf├ęs and clubs are already willingly providing customers with free tap water. The campaign aims to end the practice of offering expensive and environmentally damaging bottled water without mentioning it is available on tap.

A spokeswoman for Mr Johnson said: "The Mayor is keen to see more drinking water fountains on the streets of London to help reduce the use of bottled water, the use of which causes unsightly litter and unnecessary waste."


A contemporary take on a fountain... Studio Orta

Orta Water - Life Nexus vitrine

Lucy & Jorge Orta, 2005
Doesn't look very functional to me?

Orta Water - Iguazu wall unit

Lucy & Jorge Orta, 2005
Interesting idea, but where is the function?

Orta Water - Mobile water storeage tank unit

Lucy & Jorge Orta, 2005
Bringing water to the people.

OrtaWater - Composition studies

Lucy + Jorge Orta, 2005-2007
Maybe i need to do this- sketch some ideas of how i would do it, even if it wont be realised?- just to show the ideas are there...concept development.

A Little something like this...

Ornaments of Suffering

Lucy & Jorge Orta, 2005-2006

A colourful and powerful installation piece- Ideally the bottle bunting will look somewhat like this- sadly not as colourful!

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Look familiar?

Day 2 and onwards

Collected another 30 odd bottles today, its great. Many great kind people are helping me out. I super appreciate it. Have bought some crystals to give to anyone who gives me more then 10...spread the love and appreciation!

Had an interesting discussion with students from 3d form course this morning. I got the impression that many people felt swayed by 'Change the way your drink' but that maybe my intended results are not clear enough to satisfactorily conclude my aims. Its interesting to observe how as soon as people you realise you may be on to something, the more critical they become-totally fair enough considering a goo discussion is always needed to swing you either way.
I am aware of the multiple aims within this project, making it harder for me and all to understand its exact point, but i feel the revelation will come with progress so i guess i better just carry on.
Important current inconveniences also make it harder, particularly facilitating the re-fill process. As it stands there are not many fountains where you can re-fill your bottle....but my argument is we have taps everywhere..in every house and building- but i don't think this is good enough- i must work out a way to address this issue. - should i be addressing fountain people, yes i should...dont just talk about it- DO it!- so...talk to the person in charge in college.
Another great question is- what about the competition of new materials that are better then plastic...biopolymers for example?....is stainless steel the best material?- this must be researched- and finally, the convenience aspect....how to make the bottle collapsable- i'm certain this is possible- must find someone who can help me explore this- or do i just do it?- this is the constant annoyance of this project.....shall i do it myself or search for help? -WHAT IS MY ROLE?- at the moment everything... much more to think about.

To reassure its not a lost cause...Here's an encouragement to improve the way we treat our water .

Monday, 19 April 2010

Day 1- 100 bottles.

With roughly one hundred bottles slowly filling up my living room, i can say, the project is underway. Dipping in and out of the bins in Hyde PArk- it is not only strange to explore what people put in their bins, but also how the people look at you when you are bending head first in a bin, fishing out plastic water bottles! thing is though, they don't say anything..gosh no, they just stare and looked confused. I think i would quite like them to say something, give me an easy ticket to spark up yet another conversation about my dearly beloved plastic water bottle. They taking over my life....and i know its only going to get worse. Thats an idea though, maybe i should stop and talk to them.?

HAving thought about it alot, I've decided not to do the installation on thursday as i'm not prepared, and as earth day isn't publicised massively, i don't really think any one will know. Instead, i'm giving myself 2/3 more weeks (I'll decide tomorrow) in order to get sorted. Franchised, Publicised and published...get the word out, prepare any necessities. The aim is to not rush into it. Although it would have been nice to combine it with Earth day, maybe i will make my own new day....Plastic bottle awareness day......why not?-there seems to be a day for everything else.

Tomorrow a new day...tomorrow more bottles....... or maybe better....Tomorrow a new day....tomorrow less bottles.

Here an interesting read.

Maybe i will give it a go.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Earth day is coming.

Thursday 22nd April is Earth day. A global celebration commemorating the existence of the earth. A pretty important part of our lives, the earth is needed by all.As the quest continues to create awareness and promote conscience, this year I plan to make a public installation in the park.

Highlighting the fact that every hour roughly 700 thousand bottles end in landfills in the U.k alone, a chain of 700 bottles (representing 100 each) will trail through the park, hung amongst the trees to create awareness. Involving community members and inquiring over their opinions on plastic bottles, the project aims to involve as many people as possible to ensure the message is spread fast and wide. With the solution at the centre of the project the chain of bottles will be accompanied by facts and figures that will aim to catch every passer by's attention.

An ambition event, fingers crossed the sun will be shining. Lots of planning and organising to do.....first things first.....where will I find 700 plastic bottles?

Just think...and Change the way you drink.

Food for thought- £500

As the summer rolls in, the days are getting hotter and the more water we need to drink. Nothing worse then dehydration- ruins your efficiency, your enthusiasm and may well ruin your whole day. So...we need to drink water. The question is though....from where do we get it?

- Do we stagger to the shops and pay £1.20 for a litre of water, imported from the mountains of france, and bottled in plastic, which not only leaches chemicals into the "fresh" french water but will also probably go on to spend at least 500 years in a landfill, leading to the pollution of our soil and your environment.?


- Do we use our taps at home to refill a bottle made of metal, designed for resilience, keeping your water fresh, practically free and avoids filling up the oceans and lands with plastic waste?

Ever thought of it?

Its mad really, when you think about it. BOttled water costs as much, if not more, than petrol. Without it humans cannot survive.

British tap water has long been classed one of the safest in the world, being 99.99% within the EU drinking standards, it is safe and economical. In fact, it costs only £1.00 to drink eight glasses of tap water a day a year compared to £500 when drinking from a bottle.. Makes you think doesn't it? £500.....what could you do with all that money?