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Legacy by yuumei Legacy by yuumei

Decades from now
When the birds are all gone
When their bodies have decayed
The waste of this generation
Will remain

Is this for posterity?
Is this our legacy?


This was inspired by the film, Midway.

It is a touching documentary about the Midway island that is home to 1.5 million albatrosses and many other species of wildlife. However, the island is covered in 20 tons of plastic waste. The plastics are from the Pacific Garbage Patch, estimated to be twice the size of the United States. The plastic waste, discarded from our daily lives and washed into the ocean, are now found in the stomach of many dead animals. One in three baby albatrosses living on Midway Island dies from plastic ingestion. 5 tons of plastic find their way into these baby birds ever year. 

While watching the film, all I could think of was how the plastics will still be there when the corpses of the dead baby birds are long gone, and how the future generations won't look up to see a sky full of birds, but look down to see a land filled with waste. I hope we have more that just trash as our legacy to the future. 

There are simple things you can do to help reduce this problem:

- Recycle. Sounds simple but means so much. By recycling, you are not only preventing the plastic trash from being put into a landfill or dumped into the ocean, you are also reducing the need to create new plastic from petroleum and all of the damages that comes with mining for oil.

- Don't litter. It's really not hard to walk a few extra steps to make sure the trash goes into the can instead of just throwing it on the ground where it will be washed into the drains and rivers, which eventually lead to the ocean. Such simple action can save countless tons of plastic from ending up in the stomachs of baby birds. 

- Go for biodegradable products. It's not a widely available option yet, but more and more products are made with biodegradable material. When given the option, choose the right one, and avoid products that have a lot of unnecessary packaging. Instead of buying 40 bottles of water, buy one long lasting water bottle and reuse it 100 times over. This way you'll save time and money as well as the environment. 

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WH5 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2017
Triste realidade :(
peaceful-pupper Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This reminds me of an amazing but horrible, short documentary, where they were visiting an island with so much trash that, when they cut open a dead bird, his body was completely filled with trash.
VividlyImagine Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
RiverMuff Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017
Shiyoryn Featured By Owner May 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow...this is amazing~!
umlando Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Ouch. Wow. Beautiful.
DireRedemption Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg jeezus, what has this world come to??
hananas59 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this is what I want to do with my life... save the world, remove the plastics. I'm already on a school on which I can choose to make biodegradable polymers and plastics, and I think this is highly needed in our society ... look at what we do ;_;

Thank you for this beautiful message ...
Peachsodda Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
i have seen pictures like this online, its terrible what people today do, we need art like this to show whats going on, humans just like to sugar-coat the horrible things they have done to the environment, so they don't feel like monsters themselves. we need to show the world what littering can do. just leaving a plastic toy on the side of the road could kill an unaware animal. throwing away just one plastic bag could kill a turtle.   this is amazing and i hope to see more art like this in the future!
Chicotx56 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016
BellaPepperSeeds Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
WooterMellon Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im a heartless person and im crying. good job! so beutiful and sad
The-Free-one Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
Deep, I hope to see more like this in the future
NewSeaHuZhigang Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
Your illustrating it is very interesting!!!amazing!!!can you watch my works?I will be very happy!Wink/Razz 
emmaweng Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
I love the space and contrasting colors you incorporated into this piece! your artwork has encouraged me to be more aware of environmental problems and take action. thanks so much!
MoonbeamDragon1 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I've heard of this guy that designed this thing. He has a utube video, I think it's called the pacific cleanup, he designed a large platform or something that is built perfectly to clean up all this waste. It is designed perfectly to capture even the smaller fragments , also without capturing fish. It's really inspiring but it's going to take a lot of time and money to get in action. Unfortunately we still have to stop the creation of this waste and that's another story. Close to where I live on the western side of Vancouver island lots of this stuff, including the debris from the earth quack in Japan is still washing up, it also endangers the animals here. I've heard sad stories of people finding this boat and going all the way over there to return it to this Japanese family that had lost it 3 years before. There's tons of stuff just floating out there.
Bajuva Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I watched the Midway after seeing this picture and it really broke my heart. We will cause the demise of our own planet, if we don't change our behavior and stop the ignorance. Pictures like this one and films like that one might help changing people's view of things.
InfinityPrincessArt Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Waaaah! Your officially my favorite artist. 
IamthePocket Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Your art is so heartbreakingly beautiful.
Mallophora Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing!!! :D
AimeeStarrArt Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart: Midway :heart:
goosetooth Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
wow (read beginning of description) ik what you mean thats just so sad :c
alixscarlette Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
Hi. Sorry for bothering. I'm from Viet Nam. I'm doing a project about pollution. May I use this work of yours for our poster?

Thank you.
Ewarriorcat Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Student Artist
Oh my you have seen the photos of those poor birds as well!
Radhikita Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015
Ouch. Powerful image. Keep up the good work!
LampshdeThis Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Easy to say, but try telling third world countries to stop dumping plastic waste, hell try telling that to the plastic corprations themselves to look for plastic substitutes.

One million helping to stop the problem is pointless if the remaining seven billion don't give a damn, it's the harsh reality, this will all come back to bite us when the plant's rotation suddenly slows/ and or the currents slow triggering a new ice, and or messing up earth's gravitational pull, and this would happen so earth can avoid a tipping point that can be triggered if the layer of dry ice beneath that of fresh water melts, leaving the planet with enough green house gases to turn it ino another Venus rendering the planet lifeless forever in the process, and it's all thanks to human greed and arrogance.
mahobaka Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015
as a practicing druid; love you keep bring it for our mother, by standing for more then yourself, you become more than yourself... and you're great!
Drawing-is-Fun Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SammySenpai Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
This is beautiful and sad, a brilliant piece.
Adamantiel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
Man, you have really powerful art on here.

One can tell you have a deeper than surface brain at work.

Looooooooooove it.
FirefallFurry Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
I really like how you get your message across. You make it so clear and yet graceful? (I need to get all of the adjectives in my vocabulary straight) at the same time. For me, it's a very surreal way to get the message across, so as opposed to long, drawn-out articles (my creative brain doesn't like those), the way you put it brings out more emotion and understanding than any of those journalists' phrasing. I've always been a "Save Mother Earth" person, but I hope that this helps people who, like me, prefer to see things through art, and not just skip those long articles because they don't have the time or intelligence, or whatever other excuse they use. Please continue working hard on your art. :)
JourneyArcher Featured By Owner Edited Sep 20, 2015  Student General Artist
idk why, but the first idea i got from this is wow, birds are so stupid
Typhlosion24 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Birds are not "stupid". Birds are what birds are --birds. If you fell off a cliff and died from the impact maybe birds would think "wow, humans are so stupid! Why didn't he just fly?" I'm just kidding :P but I think you get my point, right? You can't expect birds to know that ingesting that piece of plastic would kill them, just like you wouldn't expect a human baby to know most toys are not edible.
NathaliaMayumi Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Best answer. Clap 
JourneyArcher Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Student General Artist
this is just what my sporadic brain came up with.
TheJade2002 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015
Beautiful Heart 
Nick-Ian Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! An image with such impact.
snowchsc Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Great Message! Beautiful work as well!!
KingdomHeartsEWY Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist
So sad :(
PuCCaBabii Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
so touching and beautiful!
b3nihim3 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Earth Day is coming, and my mom like your artwork a lot (me too). She wants to buy some prints (like this one, and Countdown)  to put up in her workplace, but doesn't  know how (like how to purchase the art). If anyone here knows, could you tell me? I'd really appreciate it. 
RainbowDash4 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
I don't think there are any prints of the artwork which you desire, but you can look around here and see if something catches your interest, besides those two.

Those are all of yuumei's prints that are available for sale, I believe.
b3nihim3 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, okay. Well, thanks for saying so.
alleniscool Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are those analbeads in the stomach? 
XPandoraRevolutionX Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Student Artist
Oh god xD
kayyeh1 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
thats.... thats so sad....
vagepaul Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
IronJustice Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
That is very depressing, however there is truth in it.
Sel-Diora Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
poor bird.
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