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Some more images of climate change and art – this time not from COP21 but from an event taking place in Miami called Art Basel.  I did see a tweet from Ed Burtynsky who i already did a blog about who is also down in Art Basel.

I became aware of this latest entry in the climate change art encyclopaedia (if I can call it that) from one of the many followers (ha!) of this blog (Thanks Martin).

Here is a great article from the NY Times about one of the exhibits and I love this quote “feel climate change in their guts, rather than just understand it.”

Fitting as well since Miami and Florida are one of the coast lines most at risk to rising sea levels from climate change.  I remember going to a conference on emissions trading in air pollution and staying at a new Trump hotel…

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Is satire part of the climate culture Hack? Yes of course

As part of this blog’s continuing effort to support the cultural shift that I feel is needed for humanity to really change what we do, and our expectations, here is video making fun / satire of the Koch brothers. If you want to perform your own version of the song and possibly get a viral hit, grist has the vocals here.

Of course, for those of a certain age, it is  obvious that this is satire of the “We are the World” video series.  Here is the original..

I think I will be checking out the people who have produced this as well “Funny or Die” and see if they have any other videos!

And of course the version done by Canadian musicians, called Tears not not enough!. Enjoy!

The polar bear is melting

With COP21 ongoing and non-stop climate news and announcements as well as the fact that I am continually uncovering more attempts of creating art to engage people in the story of climate change.

The Toronto Star had an article about a melting polar bear which was created out of ice and allowed to melt over the course of time that COP 21 was being hosted.

Equiterre head Steven Guilbeault, pictured with one of the sculptures. The campaign in which the polar bear melted over the course of about three weeks was intended to raise awareness about the effects of climate change in the Arctic. It also coincided with the United Nations climate change conference in Paris, France.

The polar bear ice sculpture is part of the action that the environmental group Equiterre is doing.  Lucky you if you want to go see it, you do not have to travel all the way to Paris to see it since it is in Montreal….but you better go fast as it is also melting faster than expected.

 

 

 

 

Feeling Climate Change

Some more images of climate change and art – this time not from COP21 but from an event taking place in Miami called Art Basel.  I did see a tweet from Ed Burtynsky who i already did a blog about who is also down in Art Basel.

I became aware of this latest entry in the climate change art encyclopaedia (if I can call it that) from one of the many followers (ha!) of this blog (Thanks Martin).

Here is a great article from the NY Times about one of the exhibits and I love this quote “feel climate change in their guts, rather than just understand it.”

Fitting as well since Miami and Florida are one of the coast lines most at risk to rising sea levels from climate change.  I remember going to a conference on emissions trading in air pollution and staying at a new Trump hotel which had just been built in Florida about 100 m from the beach in the early 2000’s and thinking, has no-one here heard about climate change.  Maybe all the capitalists think that they will be bailed out by government money when the sea rises or maybe they only need the hotel and tourism sector to last for 20 years to make their money back.

Here is a set of images from Lars Jan and his website.

Holoscenes, a performance and installation piece by artist Lars Jan, at Miami Dade College, in Miami.

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A couple engaged in a duet as an aquarium fills and empties unpredictably, over and over, to symbolize the uncontrollable nature of climate change.

 

Street Artists in Paris – Stirring the Pot

With COP 21 going on right in Paris, all of the wires, social media feeds and email user groups are firing at all cylinders with all of the announcements and press releases around what everyone is doing on climate change. I thought I should contribute.

I am most certainly torn in many ways.  While policies and carbon pricing is needed to internalize all of the costs, a part of me still thinks that we actually need a cultural reset about our society and how we live.

Let me use just one example, if all of the cars are replaced with electric vehicles – will that solve the greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.  Well no, then we need to ensure that all of the power plants are not using fossil fuels and what about all of the new power plants and other electricity generating facilities that will have to be built, will they all be solar power and wind – I suppose they could be.

Then think of all of the energy and mining and disposal that has to go into the manufacture and recycling . repurposing of that technology. Maybe given enough time and human ingenuity and price increases, all of these issues can be solved with a technological fix, but in the next 30 years, I do not see that happening. I do try to describe one view of getting to a low carbon future in this previous blog post.

I have strayed from the intent of my blog today.  I mentioned that i was going to try and highlight the artistic perspectives on climate change.  As I mentioned many times already, I was not seeing much and as soon as I started looking, I was seeing more and more.

To return to COP 21, apparently there a bunch of fake ads going up in Paris be created by street artists with themes focussed on climate change all organized by Brandalism.  One of these is illustrating the extent of corporate involvement in COP 21, when corporations are often seen as one of the barriers to action and change.  Sure they will embrace incremental change, but we may need more than incremental change to actually address the climate change problem.  Then of course, as soon as they were up, the ad company who was also a sponsor of COP21 was taking them down.

Here is the article from Fastco. 

Here are some pictures of the posters ;

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