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Inspired by Michelle Bastian’s (2011, 2012, 2013) work on time and community, I am interested in the way in which paying attention to the diverse temporalities enfolded in the encounter between an albatross and a sea of plastic invites us into different relationships, different understandings, and ultimately different responsibilities. This is not about making time neat, flat, and singular. Rather, consciously inhabiting multiple, conflicting, and intersecting temporalities brings its own challenges and possibilities.
Nigripes); this most isolated of locations—at least from a human perspective—is where these birds lay their eggs and watch over their young. And yet even here, life is profoundly influenced by far- reaching ripples of human activity. In recent decades, one of the most visible anthropogenic impacts on many small Pacific islands like Midway has been the presence of plastic objects of all shapes and sizes. Circulating in the world’s oceans in A pair of breeding Laysan Albatrosses at Midway Atoll. S.
As a living being, a species participant viewing the world from the inside, mass extinction is the radical transformation to the point of death of whole complex life systems. When the dust settles, something will likely recover, but it will be something very different. Situated inside this time of extinctions, the particular nature of the ethical claim made on us to hold open space for other species requires an understanding of the complex histories and inheritances that draw us into responsibility and relationship with others.