Ripple – Illustration Friday – Our relationship with the planet and its inhabitants
The subject for Illustration Friday this week is ‘ripple’. I have gone against the brief somewhat as the introductory e-mail says “It’s not about the politics or the corporation. It’s about the animals. It’s about not feeling helpless in the face of an overwhelming disaster.”
I am not necessarily feeling helpless but certainly feeling reflective about our relationship with the planet and its inhabitants. Perhaps the only way to turn my thought processes around is to think that perhaps we can create ripples for good as well as for ill. I also try to remember that as well as the ripples we create, our planet throws us some of its own too, like Eyjafjallajokull, the Icelandic volcano, throwing its ash into the sky as if to defy our attempts to act like Daedalus and Icarus and fly.
One of my earliest memories of taking an interest in environmental issues was learning the poem To See the Rabbit by Alan Brownjohn. Goodness knows what the final impact on wildlife will be of the current oil spill, as a planet inhabitants we are still learning, years after the Torrey Canyon disaster, about how we handle oil and how our planet reacts, responds and heals (or not) as a result.
Can we create ripples for good? If so – how?
I entered the picture above at the Ripple Sketches website. The idea is that for each picture posted people can put in a request, if they can prove they have donated $10 to one of the selected charities. Bless her cotton socks (for I now know who it was) someone put in an offer for my little picture and it is now flying its way to Arizona. Follow the link to the Ripple Sketches website and see other people’s ideas based on the theme.