Ants in large numbers are called an army for a reason. Individually they seem like such powerless creatures. Together, they can easily kill and eat literally anything in their way.
Imagine harnessing this kind of collective power for constructive purposes!
The individual proponent of climate change may feel like one of those ants (to us) – powerless to stop the smoke billowing from those huge factories in his city, tired of picking up the same trash every day in the parks around her neighborhood.
Together, the people who are truly committed to climate change can form the same kind of army as those unassuming ants. Major victories have come recently from efforts like this. We won a $289 million dollar lawsuit against Monsanto that was so damaging and public that the company was bought up by Bayer and the Monsanto name retired. (Watch the news to see how it resurfaces, because it definitely will.)
New York has sued Exxon over climate change. The EU has banned neonicotinoids, a pesticide type that is known to kill bees (Thank you Darren for being part of that change). We are stalling and disrupting oil pipeline construction in Virginia, New York, Maine, England. Reforestation efforts are working in Puerto Rico, China, Pakistan (the country is planning to plant 10 BILLION new trees!) and Scotland.
There is much more work to be done, but I’d say that it is time to celebrate the ant. There are more than 10,000 ant species around the world according to National Geographic. In our April edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide (click HERE) we presented two of them: the Black Ant and the Leaf Cutter Ant.
There is a reason why I used a gold fish in a plastic bag in the photo above. We need to end plastic pollution in order to help protect the ocean and the marine life. See the 2018 August edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide for more information on the topic, click HERE.
For this special post on Earth Day we are bringing attention to this inspiring insect through our Ant Barcode and Bug Barcode.
Your investment in these stickers, T-shirts, cushions, notebooks and bags makes a statement as well as providing you with some super trendy swag that will make an immediate impression with friends and business associates.
We also celebrate the attitude that it takes to go against the grain with all odds against you. The two new and beautiful designs made by Darren, the Spicy Salsa dancing chilies and the xoxo chilies, pay homage to having what it takes to speak truth to power and follow it up with decisive action when the opportunity presents itself. Visit Darren’s blog to learn more about these designs (link below).
Climate change is personal and it is political. What you do matters on an individual and a collective scale. As you organize big efforts with big hopes, you can also do your part by following these 15 simple ways to help save the planet:
We can all take heed to how we commute, what we buy and what we eat as well:
That army of ants may actually serve another purpose when you really begin cutting back on meat. Plenty of cultures use insects as their main source of protein…
In all seriousness, take heart and pronounce yourself bravely. As you move through the products you see on our shop, choose the ones that resonate most with the causes that you celebrate. Rest assured that every purchase you make with us empowers the effort to climate change just a little bit more. For example, all of the inks used in our products are water-based. They do not contain PVC, phthalates, or AZO dyes, inks are absorbed by the fibers in the garment.
If we all do our part right now and continue to engage over time, we can call together our army of ants to bring down and build up just about anything we want to – for our beautiful Mother Earth.
Don’t forget to visit LismorePaper and The Arty Plantsman to get an overall view of our collaboration.
Above collages, creative barcode concept and styling by Dominique Nancy, 3C Style –– Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola –– Ant Photography and chilies Artwork by Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman –– Ant & Bug Barcode Artworks, Land Sea Earth creative concept and image by Lisa Lawrence, Lismore Paper
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