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Hotter Than I Should Be by Julie Marks
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This is one of my series of “bark art” photographs that represents a satellite image of Planet Earth. My post production work is
intended to depict the damage done to the surface of our planet through the destruction of earth’s ozone layers. I have written several pieces about my concern about the destruction to our planet, but as the adage goes “a picture tells more than 1000 words” I am a member of the World Wildlife Fund. WWF’s mission is the conservation of nature. They work to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems. Since global warming is the single biggest threat to our environment today, WWF is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. But they can’t do all the work needed without the support of people who are sensitive to preserving the environment and protecting our wildlife. When I made a donation to the World Wildlife Fund, I was sent a free t-shirt that says “Hotter than I should be” that I wear to demonstrate my passionate support of WWF. Out of context, those who are not aware that my t-shirt refers to the crisis in our global environment, the saying “Hotter than I should be” can serve a dual purpose for those who want to raise awareness of the grave threat to our environment and wildlife or for women who want to attract attention to educate others for those who misinterpret this clever slogan, “Hotter than I should be.” Why not have a little fun while working hard to support a life saving problem. If you are not aware of the grave danger to polar bears and all the issues relating to global warming, you can read about this crisis @wwf.com and donate whatever you can to support this critical cause and hopefully reverse the tide of destruction related to global warming and the depletion of our the earth’s ozone layer. Ozone depletion describes two distinct, but related observations: a slow, steady decline of 4 percent per decade in the total amount of ozone in Earth’s stratosphere since the late 1970’s; and a much larger, but seasonal, decrease in stratosphere ozone over Earth’s polar regions during the same period. The latter phenomenon is commonly referred to as the ozone hole. You are viewing an image of the largest Anarctic ozone hole ever recorded in September 2007. It is critical that as a global community that we do whatever we can to protect our natural resources and maintain the essential ecosystem we need to survive as a planet not to mention the loss of quality of life when nature’s beauty is disrupted. Rather than destroying what we view in this photo as a microcosm of the profound magnificence and power of nature, we must protect Planet Earth. The rock group Pink supports this important mission in her album, “I’m Not Dead.” Her usual controversial and blatant lyrics speak to war mongering politicians and more specifically to our President in her song, “Dear Mr President.” The theme stresses the value of life, human and otherwise. Her themes focus on political issues like ecology and war and also include social themes like gross materialism and teen angst. In the song, Dear Mr. President, she questions Mr. Bush about the brutality of war and the destructive motives that prevail in the minds of those who the eminent author Scott Peck defines in his book, People of the Lie, The Nature of Human Evil. Rock musicians like Pink are necessary like the rock poets of the 60’s who protested and made us aware of the important social and policitical issues of our time, namely the war in Vietnam. Like Pink, none of those powerful songs were for featherweight listeners but for those who are willing to embrace an ideology and her spellbinding ability to render rebelliousness in all the many colors of the rainbow. In her album, She not Dead, Pink performs “Dear Mr. President” with a appearance by the Indigo Girls who perform a duet with her. Pink’s father joins for the hidden track, “I Have seen the Rain.” Pink slams you over the head and is one of those artists like Dylan and Joni Mitchell who can pulls controversial songs off, and probably without breathing hard. "Dear Mr. President Come take a walk with me Let’s pretend we’re just two people and You’re not better than me I’d like to ask you some questions if we can speak honestly What do you feel when you see all the homeless on the street Who do you pray for at night before you go to sleep What do you feel when you look in the mirror Are you proud? How do you sleep while the rest of us cry How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye How do you walk with your head held high Can you even look me in the eye And tell me why Dear Mr. President Were you a lonely boy Are you a lonely boy Are you a lonely boy How can you say No child is left behind We’re not dumb and we’re not blind They’re all sitting in your cells While you pave the road to hell What kind of father would take his own daughter’s rights away And what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay I can only imagine what the first lady has to say You’ve come a long way from whiskey and cocaine How do you sleep while the rest of us cry How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye How do you walk with your head held high Can you even look me in the eye Let me tell you bout hard work Minimum wage with a baby on the way Let me tell you bout hard work Rebuilding your house after the bombs took them away Let me tell you bout hard work Building a bed out of a cardboard box Let me tell you bout hard work Hard work Hard work You don’t know nothing bout hard work Hard work Hard work Oh How do you sleep at night How do you walk with your head held high Dear Mr. President You’d never take a walk with me Would you?
All proceeds I receive on this photograph will be donated to: WWF.com
Nikon D80
Macro Lens

Comments

  • Arthur Chambers
    Arthur Chambersalmost 7 years ago

    very interesting work……….

  • Dave Sandersfeld
    Dave Sandersfeldalmost 7 years ago

    Your anger and zeal is justified my friends. I see the once frozen tundra in Alaska burning in layers down to sand? it left a football size hole on Earth until we finally stopped the burning moss?

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainalmost 7 years ago

    Wow, awesome awesome Julie, very cool, or rather very Hot. Wonderful commentary. Hope it scares us into doing something to stop this process & turn it back around

  • Wendy  Slee
    Wendy Sleealmost 7 years ago

    YAY!!! Someone else who appreciates the amazing talents and heart of this young woman PINK!!! (I just named my new horse after her, but more humorously because she’s “Trouble”…lol)
    Thank you Julie, for bringing Pink! into this artistic circle, as she is a sensational writer and performer whose social, political and environmental comments are profound.
    AS for your message, that is a powerful one to share as well……. great image!

  • Julie Marks
    Julie Marksalmost 7 years ago

    Thanks Dave, pinky and wendy for you comments on this very serious issue. Dave, i actually saw a satellite picture showing the holes in the ozone layer that was the size of
    a football field. I am so concerned about the Polar Bears who are starving and raiding trash cans for for food facing extinction due to the greed and power hungry politicians who are blind to the destruction they have created that does not only affect our wildlife, but also our species as the eco—sysem becomes more threatened. I wish more people like you would pull their heads out of the sand and become much more active in
    preventing more damage until the mass desctuction becomes irreversible!!

  • shapiro
    shapiroover 6 years ago

    Julie I’m speechless…I will have to think and I’ll get back to you! OK! Marvelous work!S

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

  • Therese M Smith
    Therese M Smithalmost 4 years ago

    thank havens for awareness. I love that song from Pink makes me want to cry because it is such a shame. The image tears at the heart stings think the reality. This image relines me of Indian art t first sight. I love it. :)

  • Therese M Smith
    Therese M Smithalmost 4 years ago

    oh outstanding capture of texture depth and light. stunning to view.;)

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