The artists fighting climate change
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Image courtesy of Dear ClimateAn initiative that wants to harness the power of the public is Dear Climate. This programme encourages the public to print off poster designs found on their website, and download their meditations in order to spread the word of climate change. Relying on the motivation of the masses to educate and inspire others, the initiative engages with climate change in a humorous yet slightly morbid fashion.
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Image courtesy of Dear ClimateThis December, Scandinavian artist Olafur Eliasson’s installation Ice Watch saw two dozen large blocks of ice placed in front of the Tate Modern as a jarring reminder of the melting of the ice caps. The blocks of ice were sought from Greenland after detaching from a large ice sheet, and made their way to the front of the renowned gallery, creating a maze of frozen chunks. The exhibition occurred alongside the COP24 climate change conference, which saw the meeting of the UN to discuss action against global warming, and further negotiations over the Paris Agreement. Visitors were encouraged to interact with the large blocks, listening to the crackling sounds the ice makes as it melts, and stepping in the puddles of water surrounding the dwindling structures. The ice seemed alive as if speaking to the public of the danger they are in. Amongst these blocks, the threat of climate change could not be avoided, connecting to the audience in a way that statistics on a social media site could never achieve. Through people witnessing the melting first hand, Eliasson succeeded in inspiring action.
The artist standing next to one of the blocks in Ice Watch // Image courtesy of Olafur Eliasson
The influence of artists is not to be overlooked either, with individual interpretations of the issue creating an inspiring amalgamation of views. The relationship between art, nature
More information about Dear Climate and their posters can be found here, and Eliasson's website on the installation Ice Watch here. If you want to find out more about the Invisible Dust program, click here.