Internal Wars

Internal Wars

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This particular series focuses on the ongoing fights we as society are currently conducting against our environment. In America, every year billions and billions of dollars are invested in national defense. Whether is equipment, weapons, financing wars around the world etc. The US approved 2019 Department of Defense discretionary budget is $686.1 billion. It has also been described as "$617 billion for the base budget and another $69 billion for war funding." while for the environmental investments were only $115 billion. The amount of resources time and energy we implement in national defense and war affairs without even noting the terrible repercussion this engagement has in our lives is incredibly unsustainable. And what is even more unsustainable is the the environmental negligence we are currently enduring. It seems to me as if we are constantly engaging with unnecessary wars, and what is more lamentable is that the war we are currently engaged with out environment it certainly is one that we will never win. As we not only are destroying our forest, oceans, and natural resources by constantly polluting the environment, we are also taking these natural resources and exhausting them at an unprecedented and rapid scale. This particular series focuses on highlighting some of the main "Internal Wars" we are engaging with our planet. After water and air, sand is the most used commodity in our everyday consumption. Sand can be found in every day products such as glass, tooth paste, cosmetic and cleaning products, paint, tires, airplanes, electronic chips, airplanes, cars, computers, electronic devices and so on. . One industry in particular that has an incredible appetite for sand is the construction industry. Everyday, we extract about 400 tons of sand from our oceans to build roads, highways, buildings and cities. This intake of sand has a remarkable impact in ecosystems and it upsets the its balance. Geo-politcal issues are at the forth front of our lives and we as society as well as governments are not doing enough to maintain a healthy balance that will ensure the perseverance of our planet. In this particular series I am working with different angles in which we are at "war" with our planet. Using landscape or natural setting cues in juxtaposition with the concept of the army I am aiming to ignite a conversation that engages the audience and forces them to become aware of these environmental issues.