As botanical artists I think it is fair to assume that we all practice our art with an bias towards ecological responsibility. We surely all have a deep connection with nature? We choose to paint it after all. A consequence of this is that I have noticed that artists will go out of their way to use only ecologically friendly products for their work. For example, Alex Viamensky uses eco-repsonsible, sustainable, acid free, bamboo paper for his fine art prints.
The toxic mud has now reached the
(310) miles away from the area where the dam collapsed. Source: BBC
According to sources, the red mud burst out after a dam used to hold waste water from an iron mine collapsed. As a consequence, the environmental agency has fined the iron ore mine owners, Samarco, which is owned by mining giants Vale, from
, and Anglo-Australian company BHP Billiton. The money from this is intended to be used to cover the initial clean-up and to offer some compensation to the victims and their families. Brazil
An area of at least 9 sq km of natural vegetation
was sadly destroyed instantly where the burst dam was,
but the mud has caused even more destruction along the path of the River Doce, which
meets the Atlantic Ocean some 500km (310 miles)
away. To make matters worse, Samarco has reported that two other dams close to
the disaster area are also at risk of collapsing. Emergency work to prevent
another disaster is already being carried out.
|COLLECTION JIM LINDERMAN / DULL TOOL DIM BULB|
|Watercolour set by Björn Laczay|
So this week I have got in touch with all the big brands to ask them what their policy is on this sort of thing, if indeed they have one.