But sometimes, you need more than just the facts and data to really bring home the reality of the climate crisis. You need to make an emotional connection – and what better way to do it than through the power of art?
Read on for five outstanding examples of art that reaches beyond facts and figures to capture the crisis in ways numbers alone can’t touch.
Scientist and artist Jill Pelto was inspired by charts and data to create unique new artwork that adds an element of emotion that can be lacking in scientific circles.
“As a scientist I make and read a lot of graphs, yet I forgot that many people do not,” Pelto told Creators. “Using actual information... provided an intellectual context to my work while my illustrations around the graphs created an emotional story that can inspire people to promote environmental justice… My hope is that my artwork can share this message of change yet also ignite a passion to help prevent further environmental damage.”
“By sharing these images, I hope to provoke discussion on the fragile environment that we are experiencing and stimulate dialogue on how to preserve the beauty of our planet,” she writes.
3. LORENZO QUINN’S SUPPORT
"I have three children, and I'm thinking about their generation and what world we're going to pass on to them. I'm worried, I'm very worried."
Artist Lorenzo Quinn created Support for the 57th International Art Exhibition of the La Biennale di Venezia. Venice, for all its canals and rich history, is highly susceptible to sea-level rise, with the famed Piazza San Marco experiencing acqua alta – high water – up to 60 times per year.
Regarding his work, Quinn said that he "wants to speak to the people in a clear, simple and direct way through the innocent hands of a child and it evokes a powerful message, which is that united we can make a stand to curb the climate change that affects us all."
4. MURRAY FREDRICKS’ VANITY
Call it the anti-selfie. Now on display as part of Australia’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 festival – an exhibition centered on climate change art – Australian photographer Murray Fredricks placed mirrors in the Lake Eyre salt flats. But rather than reflecting himself, or any humans, they point outwards, to the fragile and beautiful environment being altered by climate change. The results are stunning.
Brian Foo, the designer, told Fast Company, “the hope is that if you spent 30 minutes or an hour actively coloring data related to climate change, the information would be more likely to stick and you’d have time to reflect on the underlying issue.”
STAND WITH REALITY
Alternative facts won’t halt rising global temperatures. Fake news won’t make polluted air safe to breathe. And burning more fossil fuels sure won’t protect our planet.
But clean energy and science will.
With renewable technologies like wind and solar in our hands today, we can solve the climate crisis. But only if our leaders insist on truth, accept reality, and listen to science.