Herein is the continuing blog about about the Next 1000 Years... It was a cold dark December of 1999, I was lying in our rope hammock under the clear starlight of the Sierra Foothills. Gazing across the light years, I thought about the hype of the upcoming y2k thing. Why was everyone acting like this was such a big deal? Who cares about the stupid computers having a melt down? People should be more concerned with how mother earth, Gaea, can survive the scourge of civilization.
Our oceans are being polluted with oil spills, and dumping of low level radioactive waste. Then there's the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - a heap of debris floating in the Pacific that's twice the size of Texas, according to marine biologists, composed of mostly plastics and plastic bags. Chlorine is purposefully added to the drinking water (for what? to keep us healthy?) and the pvcs and pharmaceuticals in our drinking water are added unintentionally. (I own the best water filter I can find, drinking lots of clean water is essential for good health). Concrete and landfills are taking over the surface of the earth while the rainforests are being destroyed at the rate of more than an acre per second. It's ironic that most babies born today will have contributed about 5000 non degradable diapers to the local landfills and the national debt they will inherit averages to about a million dollars per American worker (or 50,000 dollars per American citizen). The air we breathe is polluted with factory smoke, vehicle exhaust and particulates from combustion of fossil fuels and garbage. Surprisingly, the hole in the ozone from hydrocarbons at 22million sq km is actually the smallest it has been in a decade. Then there is global warming, or are we overdue for another ice age? Who knows? ENOUGH Already!! Ok, so what then? The artist and print maker in me yearned to rise to the challenge ... In the past when I wanted to publicize or promote something I made numerous screen prints as posters and/or bumper stickers. The Next 1000 Years.... I thought to myself, if I made 1000 bumper stickers, a limited edition, with that phrase, in tribute to the new millenium... I could travel around and post them where they would be seen by others. I wouldn't need to say anything more, merely
the next 1000 yearsthat is enough to make people think, to question, what does it mean? All I wanted to do is plant the seed of thought. Thought comes first... awareness, then action!!!!