We all know the old saw about a picture being worth a thousand words. As Chris Jordan's new photography exhibit shows, that same picture might also be worth:
- The 8 million trees harvested monthly for US mail order catalogs;
- 2 million plastic bottles used every 5 minutes;
- 11,000 jet trails over the US every 8 hours;
- 426,000 cell phones thrown out daily;
- 60,000 plastic bags, the number used in the US every 5 seconds; or
- 29,569 handguns, one for every gun death in the US in 2004.
If only he had a picture of the 260 billion dollars Americans gave to charity last year (at least some of which was intended to address the problems shown in the other photos).
A shout out to my mother-in-law for sending Jordan's web site my way.