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illustration of Fijiwater bottle with tag line 1.5 to stay alive
FIJI WATER (1.5)
Watercolor woodblock print
17 x 11 in (43 x 28 cm)

The first time I saw Fiji Water in the 1990s my initial thought was "it can't really be from Fiji." But it really was from Fiji, and I always saw that as a kind of awful commentary on the whole bottled water business.

Fiji is one of the Pacific Island nations that won't survive warming greater than 1.5°C, which is the warming target that an October 2018 report from the IPCC says would require humanity to abandon coal and other fossil fuels in the next decade or two in an economic transition so abrupt that it “has no documented historic precedents.”

Island nations across the world, in the Caribbean and in the Pacific, have adopted a slogan, "1.5 to stay alive," to reflect the grim reality they face. I included that slogan on the label.