20171105_132216-ConvertImage“Just one choice. Every human action has a real, unique, and unquestionable impact. Faced with changing paradigms, old habits have no room for survival. The time is now.” The caption, displayed under one of the photos at the exhibit, sums up one of the main concepts related with the excesses of human consumption.

Are we worth it? Are we worth giving up the possibility of living in a more balanced system? For some time now, most scientists and specialists have been talking about the fact that we’re running out of resources and the extreme results of climate change. Are we still reluctant to accept that this is real, and it’s happening?

The exhibit tries to focus its attention on what we’re still lacking these days: protection of natural resources, awareness over what we really need, healthy criteria to make the right choices, and a wish to care for each other. “I think it was a great opportunity in which we were able to blend together aspects of photography, audiovisual language, and communication with environmental awareness. We developed an idea, a draft, and then created the pictures to show the pressing need we have of changing the urban spaces we live in, spaces which have been deteriorated by noise, smog and trash. The exhibit revolves around becoming aware of this, and of course, the most important aspect of the creative process is the healing act it enables,” said the photographer.

11 pictures, 200 hundred students, and 6 artistic schools

The “Consumo Descarte” exhibit attempts to help us see this global issue more clearly. Six schools and a total of two hundred students took part in this ambitious project, eagerly taking on the challenge of showing how we handle waste in the city. The result is eleven impressive pictures which clearly exemplify the why, what, and how of our outrageous waste of resources on a global scale in the past decades.

The photographs speak to the audience. These images convey a powerful message and it’s clear that the aim was not only to reflect the issues in a creative way, but also for students to learn in depth about sustainability and waste management. It is with this in mind that their participation on the projecto also included a visit to the Enviromental North Complex III at the CEAMSE, the public company in charge of waste disposal for the city of Buenos Aires and its outskirts.

The schools involved were the ESEA (School of Superior Education in Artistic Teaching) of visual arts “Lola Mora”, ESEA of dance “Jorge Donn”, ESEA of theatre “Niní Marshall”, ESEA of visual arts “Rogelio Yrurtia”, ESEA of visual arts “Manuel Belgrano” and the ESEA of dance “Aida Victoria Mastrazzi”. Third year students belonging to these six secondary schools were selected to be part of this project.

Damasia Ezcurra, head of the Green Schools Program, stated how “schools play a key role in regards to how citizens become inspired and aware of the necessity of a responsible contact with the environment. Empowered people can make a difference at their workspaces, schools, homes and communities, generating cultural changes that can then be replicated throughout society.”

Thanks to the Green Schools Program and the Ministry of Environment and Public Space, many schools are now committed to recycling material and organics. While there’s still a long way to go, we might even say ‘so far, so good,’ since 1800 tons of recyclable material have been recovered.

If you’re curious to know more, check out the video:

The “Consumo Descarte” exhibit at the Centro Cultural Recoleta will run until the 22nd of December (1:30 PM to 10:00 PM, Tuesdays through Fridays, as well as weekends and holidays)