Innocence?

Innocence?

Blood cell phones. While we are posting our latest party snapshots, the last Congolese mountain gorillas vanish, eaten by thousands of slave labourers and child workers scratching the poisonous ore, named Coltan, out of the soil. We live in paradise without noticing it – they suffer in hell. More information on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coltan_mining_and_ethics

Coltan is used for the production of tantalum, a substance which is an essential component of communication electronics such as mobile phones, smart phones, tablet computers, navigation systems etc. (Due to the very rare recycling of tantalum capacitors fresh metal is needed for production of micro-electronics.)

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TABOOS in MODERN, AFFLUENT SOCIETIES

Is it taboo to regard our comsumption habits as major reason for current and future global problems?
Is "the consumer's ethic responsibility" a taboo word in a free world?
Is it taboo in capitalist systems to question the unlimited economic growth?

Many of us, inhabitants of the first-world countries, are proud to have the newest smartphone, wide-screen TV set or digital camera. The old stuff might still be operational, but fortunately new consumer electronics doesn't cost much. We think driving a big car, buying piles of inexpensive clothing, eating tasty meat by the kilo and travelling by airplane are nice things, achievements of technical progress. Maybe for us, but not for others.

Problems related to electronic waste and environment pollution are being outsourced into developing countries. Energy-intensive production of raw materials and cheap everyday items takes place in countries with low labor costs, low social and ecological standards and dubious political systems. Tropical rain forests harboring rare species are being cleared for the production of soya cattle feed and low-cost palm tree oil. Until now, no place could be found to securely store radioactive waste from nuclear power plants. We leave that stuff, emitting lethal radiation for millenia, to our descendants.

Who really cares about his own ecological, more precisely, ethic footprint? Assuming the world population had ours, we would need three Earths. It still seems to be taboo to confess that our egoism is endangering next generations and the rest of the world. Reduction of overconsumption, buying less needless things is unacceptable. We prefer to keep the luxury living standard we have once got accustomed to.

The above shown image of an installation of three mobile phones – with blood trickling out of them – poses the critical question as to whether people, having such taboos in their heads, can be considered to be innocent. (The picture is part of the series "Paradoxes".)

Related articles:
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2008/12/21/taboo-talk-green-business-buy-less-stuff
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/consumption_dwarfs_population_as_main_environmental_threat/2140/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethical_consumerism
http://www.gegenstandpunkt.com/english/consumption.html
http://www.fes-sustainability.org/de/diskussionen/between-choice-and-structure-sustainable-consumption-and-responsibility
http://www.consumersfiji.org/about-us/consumer-right-and-responsibilities
http://discardstudies.com/2015/09/10/bigger-better-faster-more-breaking-the-taboo-of-production/

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Commenti 5

Suzan a1qq Hijab
5 anni fa
Einen Schock
es war immer so- heute diese Plastiken haben langes leben als wir.
shock
it was always well today, these Plastik have long to live as we.
agabea
6 anni fa
agabea Artista
Interessante Umsetzung!! Kompliment!!
danilo tresanini
6 anni fa
Bellissima
Anais
6 anni fa
Anais Organizzatore
Really great!!!
Israel Aguirre Torres
6 anni fa
Thank you Rob for bringing this subject to the forefront with your art, Destruction of Rainforest in both Africa and South America and the extinction of our animal species is a travesty. Recycling of all electronic equipment will save lives and the environment. Great job.

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