Artist Statement"Plastic pollution harms humans and marine life across continents. New England's unregulated plastic use is a special threat to communities such as East Boston, who bear the brunt of many dangerous health risks for both ecosystems. Plastics dumped into Boston Harbor through storm drains become tiny microplastic bites for sea animals and birds, killing many and making their way into our food chain system. ⠀
The imagery in this mural also alludes to sea level rise and Boston's vulnerability as a coastal city. Native animals, seaweed, and plants pulled by a net navigate through plastic objects and particles floating in the water. At the center of the composition is a mestiza woman, who is part native, almost entirely underwater. She represents the past, present, and future of our collective livelihoods, taking action and caring for a better tomorrow." - Silvia López Chavez
The FocusPlastic Pollution and Human Impact on Oceans
Action Steps• Take a plastic inventory! For a few days, pay attention to all the things you use that are made of plastic and think about ways you can use more reusable, sustainable, non-plastic products. Some easy swaps include:
~ Reusable water bottle
~ Metal/silicone straws
~ Reusable grocery bags
~ Reusable storage bags to replace zip-lock bags
~ Choose groceries packed in paper, glass or metal, instead of plastic
• Choose sustainable seafood that is lower on the food chain (think sardines over tuna).
• (Help your parents) vote for ocean-minded candidates.