natalie’s tiny revolution

  • date: 9 september 2020
  • challenge category: climate crisis
  • selected tactic: tiny forgery
  • difficulty rating: tricky
  • current status: completed

the doing: plastic therapy for natalie 

the rebels discussed natalie’s concerns about society’s addiction to plastic and the problematic popularity of replica plastic plants and flowers. the rebels debated the environmental toxicity of plastic plants and how they were an example of industry capitalism and lack of care for the natural world. in response the rebels created a a piece of fake news that claimed there was a higher risk of contracting covid19 with plastic plants as surface carriers. the news was to be uploaded onto a fake ‘australian centre of disease control’ website and distributed online via the rebels own facebook accounts. 

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the submission:

what overwhelms you?

“Every time I see plastic plants as decor or for sale I shed a tear. For me, to see what should be a growing, photosynthesising, oxygen-giving entity replaced by an inanimate plastic object hurts my heart and brings me such anger. Plastic plant have no scent, they do not shift to follow the sun, they do not grow or change with the seasons. Instead, they remain stagnant, unchanged, and dusty. I am not sold on this aesthetic hack. How could anyone ever think of purchasing or displaying an artificial life-like plastic plant when the real-life, eco version is so readily available?”

and why?

For me plastic plants represent everything that is wrong with human attitudes towards nature. We have been sold plastic plants as an alternative to nature’s real greenery and we seem to have accepted this unquestionably. Plastic plants are stupid. Not only do their synthetic leaves use up precious environmental resources and use compounds which poison our Earth, but they provide no oxygen or soil nutrients and will probably eventually end up in landfill. The fact that they require no care and can still ‘thrive’ is to me indicative of the dominate societal relationship to nature – we expect it to serve us and yet we do not expect to have to nurture and care for it in return. Artificial plants are a clumsy attempt to get close to nature while at the same time destroying the environment.”

natalie, 9.9.20.

the thinking:

what is the idea we are moving forward with?

the tiny forgery will involve the creation of a forged piece of news that highlights plastic plants as being ‘super-spreaders’ of covid. the article would be written in the style of right-wing think tank orgs who replace facts with opinion in an attempt to scare-monger people. the fake news article will cite a false report from an imaginary australian centre for disease control [the acdc] and encourage homeowners to switch over to natural plants and flowers immediately.

how can we do it?

the tiny forgery will be a news article from the newly established australian centre for disease control [the acdc]. we will create a fake website to house the article and shoot images of two fake people highlighted in the article. the news will be shared via the social networks of all rebels at the table in an attempt to give the article validity and visibility.

we will register a fake domain name:

where does it need to take place?

online via the fake website and shared via socials through the original rebels who co-devised the idea

are there any legal implications to the activity?

yes. need to lawyer up to see how far we can stretch parody and satire.