350 EARTH: Art, Spirit, Passion
December 1, 2010
In Spain, citizens created the face of a young girl who wants the Delta to survive the threat of climate change.
As world leaders gather in Cancun for the United Nations Climate Meetings, 350 EARTH, the first ever climate art exhibit to be visible from space, has ended. It was an enormous undertaking with installations in multiple cities throughout the world. Groups of artists and citizens joined to create “the first planet-scale group art show” around the hazards and impacts of climate change.
A project of 350.org, an international grassroots people powered movement that aims to mobilize a global climate movement united by a common call to action, 350 EARTH garnered worldwide attention. Each day between November 20th and 27th, people gathered to form the “art” which was then photographed by satellite from space.
According to 350.org founder Bill McKibben, “We’re not going to solve the climate crisis with art. We know that--we’re deeply based in science and politics. But we’re not going to solve the climate crisis without a movement. And art is one of the ways that movements express themselves, one of the things that reach human beings in powerful and deep ways.”
In New York City, this roof mural is a representation of New York and New Jersey after a seven meter rise in sea levels.
“It’s kind of fun to imagine some other intelligence peering down through their telescopes at our blue-white orb, trying to make sense of these giant images suddenly spreading across snowfield and desert and lagoon. What they'd see is the planet's immune system coming alive--conscious, alert human beings doing their best to help safeguard the future.”
350, by the way, is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit, measured in parts per million, for carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Currently the number is 390 ppm. Uh oh!
3000 people formed an enormous elephant with rising seas below to ask world leaders to not ignore the "elephant in the room,"climate change.