By tov617, Oct 30 2017 02:07PM

#Inktober2017 What has happened since 2004? I made this Ink drawing from one of my oil paintings from about 12 years ago... The title being along the lines of:

'A plastic butterfly, caught on, desiccated vines'

At the time I was pleased with the picture. Its title and subject warning of impending global warming disaster had been inspired by a vine I'd left unwatered at the height of summer in the conservatory whilst I was away on a photography assignment. A plastic butterfly had originally been attached to the plant after arriving on a present or card and the symbolism seemed potent - other viewers seemed blind to the impending world disaster depicted; seeing a pretty picture of a butterfly and some decorative red dried leaves. Perhaps it was Autumn already?

It was before the credit crunch. Digital photography was just beginning to impact. No Facebook, no Instagram, no smartphone. George W. Bush was in the White House with the 2nd Iraq War underway. Drones were military weapons rather than being sold in PC World. No Google Street View. Wind power was just on the horizon literally. People smoked tobacco inside the workplace and public houses legally! Plastic pollution in the oceans had been of study to scientists since the 1950s with a bit of coverage in the 1980s. It wasn't till the late 2000s that the media and political interest really picked up.

What has happened since: Plastic in the oceans, plastic in tap water, plastic in fish, plastic in the air from city dwellers' tumble dryers. Smart phone 24hr shopping, banking crisis, new Korean crisis developing, ISIS, President Obama, Donald Trump, Brexit! How much of that could be foreseen?

The vine only just survived its roasting ordeal and has since moved house with us, struggled for years but now produces a fine dark red grape harvest which are great turned into a juice to cook pears in, hopefully plastic free...??? #Inktober

By tov617, Oct 6 2017 09:15AM

#inktober2017 Number 4. Underwater sea mammals seem to be pretty adept at eating plastic, thinking it's food or by mistake - many whales can filter vast amounts of sea water at any one time. So I was thinking it seems obvious that, as well as a surface collection system, a large underwater filtration and processing facility could be the ideal platform for mitigating some of the increasing morass of floating plastic sea debris that's now suspended on and below the surface of the sea. The Russian Typhoon class submarine, with its multi-hull design, and its ability to stay underwater for up to 120 days, already exists and has proved itself in active service as a capable piece of kit. There are already ideas to turn the submarines into cargo vessels, due to their large capacity, and it could be an idea to turn one of the pressure hulls into a processing plant for collecting sea plastic. Some suitable ingestion and filtration or separation system for returning sea life back to the ocean, while retaining the sea plastic, would need to be well thought out, with regular deliveries to transport vessels to take the plastic away. Being underwater it would mean that it would be less weather dependent and it would easily be able to travel to the middle of the Atlantic or Pacific for extended periods. According to the internet, the Typhoon class is being enlarged into a new research vessel for scientific environmental purposes as well as military ones, including the ability to deploy unmanned submarines for seabed work. There seems to be no reason why this system could not be developed to also collect plastic from the sea floor. The main question being, is there already too much plastic in the ocean? #inktober #seaplastic #pollution #theplasticgobbler