Oil Derrick, c.2030

Composition of relic: Metal, oil. Factors that led us to abandon this object: Depletion of “standard” oil sources, outrage at dangers of extreme oil drilling, rise of cheap renewable energy. Obstacles in the way of this relic being abandoned: Oil companies; finance and economics system that externalizes environmental and human rights costs. Strategies we used

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Coal fired power plant, c.2025

Composition of relic: Metal, coal. Factors that led us to abandon this object: Air and water pollution, carbon emissions, rise of cheap renewable energy led us to abandon this object. Obstacles in the way of this relic being abandoned: The coal industry. Strategies we used to overcome those obstacles: Continued documentation of and campaigning on

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies, c.2025

Composition of relic: Tax breaks, cheap loans, price controls, purchase requirements. Factors that led us to abandon this object: Restrictions on money in politics loosen hold of fossil fuel lobby; rise of cheap renewable energy lessens consumer and industry reliance on fossil fuels; public recognition of role of fossil fuel companies in climate change and

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Plastic bottle, c.2020

Composition of relic: Plastic. Factors that led us to abandon this object: Growing taboo against easily avoidable waste and disposable goods. Obstacles in the way of this relic being abandoned: Convenience for consumer; cost-effectiveness for companies of disposable packaging. Strategies we used to overcome those obstacles: City-by-city and campus-by-campus bans on plastic bottles. photo by

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Big Banks, c.2017

Composition of relic: Credits, debits, derivatives, computers, buildings, lobbyists. Factors that led us to abandon this object: Public outrage after next banker-generated financial crisis compels breakup of big banks. Obstacles in the way of this relic being abandoned: Financial lobby and dependence of politicians on finance industry campaign donations; alleged complexity of banking make it

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Rainforest Deforestation, c.2025

Composition of relic: This terrible assault on nature involved chopping down the world’s rainforests for profit at the expense of biodiversity and livelihoods. This assault threatened to destroy all of the world’s rainforests and forests. Factors that led us to abandon this object: The horrific destruction that unfolded before our eyes over the course of

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Petroleum Based Fertilizers, c.2030, c.2030

Composition of relic: With the decline of fossil fuel extraction so came the fall of the byproducts that were unnecessary and equally harmful. Petroleum based fertilizers were once used on a majority of monoculture, factory farms. Factors that led us to abandon this object: Obstacles in the way of this relic being abandoned: Strategies we

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FACTORY FARMS, c.2030

Composition of relic: Factory Farms that polluted more than trasport industry ( flight included), involved deforestation to make way for grazes and an exaggerated consumption of water ( 15.000 lt for 1 kg meat) Factors that led us to abandon this object: Cutting state subsidies to the producers lobby, massive campaigns of complaint that brought

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The planned Keystone XL pipeline, c.2015, c.2015

Composition of relic: Planned pipeline carrying 800,000 barrels a day of toxic tar sands bitumen from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast. Factors that led us to abandon this object: Pressure from the #NoKXL movement, in defense of the climate, water, land and health. Obstacles in the way of this relic being abandoned: Fossil fuel

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No more old appliances, c.2025

Composition of relic: The awful culture of “throw away” objects imposed us by producers and by politics with economical interests in this kind of business led people to get used to buy and to quickly throw away the appliances. This consumeristic harming habit created the false idea that richness is measurable by the quantity of

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