These pictures of dead baby albatrosses taken by photographer Chris Jordan on Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands in the Pacific Ocean 2000 miles from the nearest continent, reveal a terrible side-effect of our mass consumption.
The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted ocean.
Chris said, “For me, kneeling over their carcasses is like looking into a macabre mirror. These birds reflect back an appallingly emblematic result of the collective trance of our consumerism and runaway industrial growth. Like the albatross, we first-world humans find ourselves lacking the ability to discern anymore what is nourishing from what is toxic to our lives and our spirits. Choked to death on our waste, the mythical albatross calls upon us to recognize that our greatest challenge lies not out there, but in here.”
Via Beautiful Decay