Two of the things I love most in the world are art and . . . well, the world. And if I can use one to help save the other, you don't have to ask twice.

I saw it in the way I'd turn off the faucet when my brothers and sisters brushed their teeth, or how I'd save every drop from a leaky faucet for the plants. I'd dig into the trash can to take out recyclables, and bought two trash cans for my room to separate the two. I'd collect strange-looking things whose destination would've certainly been a landfill (the largest one is located right here in the good ol' U.S. of A.) or a trash island. I have a large and undeniable love for the Earth, one that can only remain if we still have a planet left to love.

One of the things I want my artwork to do for those who observe and purchase it is inspire a new appreciation for the only planet we can comfortably live on. I want it to compel you to nurture the planet in small but effective ways: recycle that aluminum can. Turn off the water (and use less of it). Use a re-usable grocery bag. Say no to Styrofoam. Opt for beeswax wrap instead of plastic wrap. And I know it's hard, but do you really need that straw?

The Earth is sending us signs that she needs our aid, through warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets, acidic ocean water and rising sea levels. I know we don't have ice powers to form new glaciers (if you do, I want a video), but one thing we can do is reuse, repair, and recycle. Those jeans you just bought got a tear? Stitch it up instead of tossing them out. That jar of spaghetti sauce can be used for a multitude of other things after a good wash -- like a compost jar that you can donate to a farmer's market so they can use it to grow more food. There are a multitude of ways to keep the things we've already created out of landfills through these three r's, instead of continuing to deplete resources out of "convenience".

The Earth has given us everything we have, to the point of risking her own health. It's about time we give her proper thanks.

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