natalie’s tiny revolution

  • date: 9 september 2020
  • challenge category: climate crisis
  • selected tactic: tiny forgery
  • difficulty rating: 
  • current status: queued for thinking

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.