Let's make it clear, temperature rising was already taking place. Ever since the last ice-age, the global ice has been melting. Since the industrialisation period, the rate of temperature increase has doubled. This is because the activity of people is changing the composition of the atmosphere. As each city builds factories and plays host to thousands of vehicles, it's as if a volcano is spewing out smoke at each geographical location. Yes, there are natural volcanos and other sources of greenhouse gasses only now there are thousands more artificial sources.
We often see images of fire and flood with the climate-change tag attached however the most apparent and urgent scenario is that of the melting ice. But next to no-one lives there, why does it matter? The ice is fresh water. When it melts and enters the salt water ocean, it displaces a lot of the normal current. The transition of fresh water into salty water takes time and as the rate of melting increases, the salinity or saltiness of the water in the surrounding ocean drops. This affects currents and feeding. All that extra water has to go somewhere too. The global ocean is predicted to rise around an inch every ten years. As the temperature of the planet rises, the water will expand too, causing it to rise even further.
So our coasts and our fish-stocks are both at risk of being destroyed or seriously damaged, our beloved Polar Bears and other arctic creatures are likely to end up like foxes or pigeons of the north, scavenging in a semi-domesticated state. The people who traditionally call the ice their home will stand to lose a key part of the heritage. Trillions of pounds worth of damage will be the financial cost, lives will be changed forever and the amount of land to go around will be reduced. The ice reflects a lot of sunlight, which keeps the temperature down. When this is gone, that mirror won't be on duty and our temperature will continue to rise. It was rising slowly, now it's rising faster than nature can compensate and that's before the ice has gone. It's all thanks to our continual use of dirty technology.
So what has this got to do with art? Surely it's protests and actual changes in behaviour that we really need. People are all different and they respond to different things. Getting in people's way and being a nuisance like the Extinction Rebellion may be the kick up the bum some of us need. Others though will find this too passive aggressive, too haughty for a considered response. Many people don't appreciate being belittled or shamed into doing something to another's standard. Art reaches out where the headstrong break the china. Art is the softly softly approach that a lot of people are also responsive too. It's perhaps the more civilised approach.
London's Horniman Museum is ready and set to display a brilliant exhibition that shows us the changing glaciers of our world. Called “Meltdown: Visualising Climate Change”, art, photography, and film make a point worth seeing. The display is intended to be inviting, showing beautiful images of ice and frost and then to hit home with the brutal truth. These places of exquisite beauty and ecology are on the decline and are likely to vanish before our eyes. Old maps are traced over new ones showing us all exactly how much of this gorgeous and alien landscape we have already lost.
Curated by Project Pressure, this charitable organisation wants to reach out further than before with this striking and moving exhibition. Active since 2008, the Project Pressure team have partnered with institutions such as NASA, WGMS, and the UN. With fingers in all the pies, and a clear and strong message, we can take off our hats to this group of determined individuals with a passion for sustainability and preservation of our climate.
Via The Guardian
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