As I start to research and think about the artistic impact on shaping our views on climate change and how these views are mobilizing action, one name which i had forgotten but who had been doing amazing photography work for a long time about the impacts of humans on the natural environment and capturing this in a grand scale is Edward Burtynsky, He has been taking pictures of the oil sands, mining operations and many others for long time. These have been presented in books and he does talks and shows tthroughout North America and Worldwide.
Go check him out here and I also have a view of his images below.
Oh and our new Minister of Environment and Climate Change has even called him out in a tweet! but of course I cannot find it!
I have been struggling to maintain content so I am in the midst of considering a pivot. As one of my earlier blog posts pointed out, one of the gaps that I was thinking was the lack of an artistic perspective on climate change and a lack of engaging the artistic, creative human mind to imagine a future which is not apocalyptic but is positive (and not techno-optimistic) and realistic. Of course, since then I am coming across lots of artists of all types who are creating work and challenging this viewpoint and trying to address the cultural gap that is there.
To that end, I may be pivoting this blog to start highlighting all of the various efforts to use the creative and not necessarily just artistic brain to highlight the challenges and potential solutions to humanity in a world with the almost inevitability associated with climate change.
First off, there has been a series of pretend forecasts of the future done by the WMO. They are called weather reports from the future. Here is one for Canada in 2050 (en francais with English subtitles).
While we are at it, here is a comic from XKCD with their own take of a weather forecast from the future!