Earth 350: The First Global Climate Change Art Show

All images and captions courtesy of earth.350.org and used with permission.

The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago… had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands. – Havelock Ellis (The Dance of Life, 1923)

Very well said. Some of us feel so happy to pollute our surroundings that soon it could be difficult to find other possible planets to inhabit. If the earth is a spaceship, we are all the crew members, not the passengers. It is our responsibility to keep the planet clean and green. Earth 350 is the very first planetary art show showcasing similar objectives based on the reality of climate change. It is an approach that no one has really looked at before. Join us and visit some of Earth 350’s beautiful artworks to be found around the globe.

Dominican Republic

Consisting of 20 major public art pieces across the planet, the art show was scheduled from November 20-27, 2010. The image you see above is from the Dominican Republic. It shows a house being drowned by rising water levels. It symbolizes how most island nations are threatened by global warming and rising sea levels.

New Delhi, India

Having taken place right before the International UN climate meeting at Cancun, this show traveled around the world in different forms, for a period of one week. In Delhi, the capital of India, artist Daniel Dancer along with thousands of volunteers created an elephant with the rising sea below. They just wanted to let the world know how climate change might threaten giant species like elephants too.

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Cape Town, South africa

In South Africa, the Canary Project, along with local citizens, created an enormous “Solar Sun” out of 70 high-powered parabolic solar cookers with the ‘rays’ on the ground table. It spread awareness about the changing environment and climate change, and later on the solar cookers were donated to the Khayelitsha community of Cape Town, where many people do not have access to electricity.

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“Solar Scarab”, Cairo, Egypt

Although the list of where this climate-themed public art took place, I would like to include the art show at Cairo, Egypt, where a traditional symbol of rebirth and regeneration, a Scarab beetle, was created in order to re-examine our modern relationship to this most abundant source of clean energy. Across the globe the message is the same: “We are running out of time,” as aptly said by Thom Yorke, lead singer of the band Radiohead.

This art show project was documented by a satellite company, DigitalGlobal and was a great success. The message was that we need a new kind of thinking if we want to survive.

350.org founder and environmental author Bill McKibben said: “Art can convey in a different way than science the threat that climate change poses to our planet. The world’s best scientists have tried to wake up politicians to the climate crisis, now we are counting on artists to help.”

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