Climate change, sustainability, and the arts.                         Théodore Géricault (1792-1824) , The Raft of the Med...
1. The science    2. The arts    3. A way forward?.
1. The science.
Source: Global Footprint Network www.footprintnetwork.org
“1. There is no doubt that the climate is changing.                The evidence is overwhelming and clear.           2. We...
www.climate.gov/#dataServices/predictions
(Slide from Strange Encounters behind the 2°C Firewall: The Global Picture, Prof. H. J.Schellnhuber CBE, FOUR DEGREES OR M...
(Slide from Strange Encounters behind the 2°C Firewall: The Global Picture, Prof. H. J.Schellnhuber CBE, FOUR DEGREES OR M...
Source: ClimateInteractive.org
(Slide from Strange Encounters behind the 2°C Firewall: The Global Picture, Prof. H. J.Schellnhuber CBE, FOUR DEGREES OR M...
“You don’t build movements with bar graphs...”                            Bill McKibben, August, 2010
2. The arts.
Picasso, Guernica, 1937
Picasso, Guernica, 1937
Rock Island Bend, Franklin River, South West Tasmania, 1979 (Rock Island Bend) (Peter Dombrovskis 1945-1996)
Source: NASA Eart h Observatory http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/Paleoclimatology_IceCores/
From NASA Goddard - minimum Arctic sea ice extent from September 2007http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a000000/a003400/a003464/...
‘Melting Vitruvian Man’ September, 2011Photo: Nick Cobbing / Greenpeace          John Quigley
Jeff Carter
Jasmine Targett
Debbie Symons
Mandy Martin
Effect of Good Government (detail), 1338-1340, Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Siena,
3. A way forward?.
Ash Keating, Copenhagen? 2009
CapeFarewell.com
The inaugural seven thousand oaks festival will host over 20 artistsexploring the issue of sustainability through music, v...
Hot Science, GlobalCitizens: the agency of themuseum sector in climatechange interventionsAn Australian Research Council L...
HEAT Art and Climate Change12 September - 18 October 2008Public Programs                               KEN YONETANI       ...
“Erosion and gradual                                                               inundation are already                 ...
11 to 16 October 2011     Kino Cinema
CLIMARTE is an independent not for profit body that bringsthe arts community together to tackle climate change.           ...
Floods, Pakistan, 2010                                                 Drought, Spain, 2010Sea level rise, Carteret Island...
Australia
Maldives - today                      Melbourne - tomorrow?Text                   Sources:U.S. Environmental Protection Ag...
‘Blue Marble,’ NASA, 2009
Neolithic cave painting c6000 BC
J.M.W. Turner   Rain, Steam, and Speed-The Great Western Railway, 1844.
Photo by Andrew North of Cloud 9 Aerial PhotographyCourtesy of L.I.V.E Locals Into Victoria’s Environment
Vitruvian Man, Leonardo da Vinci, 1487
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
Guy Abrahams, Climate Change, Sustainability and the Arts, M&GSQ presentation_aug2011
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  1. 1. Climate change, sustainability, and the arts. Théodore Géricault (1792-1824) , The Raft of the Medusa 1818- 1819 Guy Abrahams Art + Environmentwww.guyabrahams.com www.climarte.org
  2. 2. 1. The science 2. The arts 3. A way forward?.
  3. 3. 1. The science.
  4. 4. Source: Global Footprint Network www.footprintnetwork.org
  5. 5. “1. There is no doubt that the climate is changing. The evidence is overwhelming and clear. 2. We are already seeing the social, economic and environmental impacts of a changing climate.3. It is beyond reasonable doubt that human activities – the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation – are triggering the changes we are witnessing in the global climate.4. This is the critical decade. Decisions we make from now to 2020 will determine the severity of climate change our children and grandchildren experience.” The Climate Commission, May 2011: http://climatecommission.gov.au/topics/the-critical-decade/
  6. 6. www.climate.gov/#dataServices/predictions
  7. 7. (Slide from Strange Encounters behind the 2°C Firewall: The Global Picture, Prof. H. J.Schellnhuber CBE, FOUR DEGREES OR MORE? Conference, Melbourne, 12 July 2011)
  8. 8. (Slide from Strange Encounters behind the 2°C Firewall: The Global Picture, Prof. H. J.Schellnhuber CBE, FOUR DEGREES OR MORE? Conference, Melbourne, 12 July 2011)
  9. 9. Source: ClimateInteractive.org
  10. 10. (Slide from Strange Encounters behind the 2°C Firewall: The Global Picture, Prof. H. J.Schellnhuber CBE, FOUR DEGREES OR MORE? Conference, Melbourne, 12 July 2011)
  11. 11. “You don’t build movements with bar graphs...” Bill McKibben, August, 2010
  12. 12. 2. The arts.
  13. 13. Picasso, Guernica, 1937
  14. 14. Picasso, Guernica, 1937
  15. 15. Rock Island Bend, Franklin River, South West Tasmania, 1979 (Rock Island Bend) (Peter Dombrovskis 1945-1996)
  16. 16. Source: NASA Eart h Observatory http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/Paleoclimatology_IceCores/
  17. 17. From NASA Goddard - minimum Arctic sea ice extent from September 2007http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a000000/a003400/a003464/index.html
  18. 18. ‘Melting Vitruvian Man’ September, 2011Photo: Nick Cobbing / Greenpeace John Quigley
  19. 19. Jeff Carter
  20. 20. Jasmine Targett
  21. 21. Debbie Symons
  22. 22. Mandy Martin
  23. 23. Effect of Good Government (detail), 1338-1340, Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Siena,
  24. 24. 3. A way forward?.
  25. 25. Ash Keating, Copenhagen? 2009
  26. 26. CapeFarewell.com
  27. 27. The inaugural seven thousand oaks festival will host over 20 artistsexploring the issue of sustainability through music, visual art,performance and installation throughout Winter 2010. Come along toone or all of the festival programs and join the conversations ofsustainability in the cultural sphere. June 17- July 24 2010, Melbourne seventhousandoaks.org
  28. 28. Hot Science, GlobalCitizens: the agency of themuseum sector in climatechange interventionsAn Australian Research Council Linkage Project led by the University ofWestern Sydney in partnership with Museum Victoria; the Australian Museum;Powerhouse Museum; Questacon; Liberty Science Center, the University ofMelbourne and the University of Leicester.Research & Programming Symposium 2011, Sydney, May 5-6 2011http://www.hotscienceglobalcitizens.net/index.php/symposium
  29. 29. HEAT Art and Climate Change12 September - 18 October 2008Public Programs KEN YONETANI Artist Floor Talk Friday 12 September 1.00 - 2.00 pm Born and raised in Japan, Yonetani, who now lives and works in Australia, is known for his fragile sugar sculptures and ceramic panels. He has been selected to represent Australia in the 2009 Venice Biennale. These incredibly fragile works remind us of our precious reefs and marine life affected by the heating of our oceans. Free event. CULTURES OFKen Yonetani, The Dead Sea,2008. Photo: Julia Yonetani. MARK WILSON SUSTAINABILITY Artist Floor Talk Thursday 18 September 1.00 - 2.00 pm English artist Mark Wilson and Icelandic artist Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir explored the provenance of stuffed polar bears in stately homes and ART & SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH CLUSTER RMIT AND ASLE ANZ museums in the UK. PRESENT A ONE-DAY SYMPOSIUM 9am–5pm SATURDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2008 In Australia they further explore the cultural RMIT STOREY HALL 342 SWANSTON STREET MELBOURNE implications of humans coveting these exotic KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DR WENDY WHEELER animals through taxidermy, while the polar bear is READER IN ENGLISH, LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY losing its habitat and facing extinction in nature. CREATIVE EVOLUTION: A THEORY OF CULTURAL SUSTAINABILITYTaxidermy polar bear.Photo: Mark Ashkanasy. Free event. REGISTRATION / INCLUDES LUNCH ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS RECOMMENDED TO SECURE PLACES THE SYMPOSIUM WILL CONCLUDE JILL ORR REGISTER AT: http://www.rmit.edu.au/art/culturesofsustainability WITH A PRIVATE VIEWING OF Artist Floor Talk ENQUIRIES TELEPHONE 03 9925 2412 THE RMIT GALLERY EXHIBITION Friday 19 September 1.00 - 2.00 pm HEAT: ART AND CLIMATE CHANGE IMAGE GEORGINA READ, Australian artist Jill Orr has delighted, shocked and FOR THE BABY DETAIL moved audiences around the world through her Art & Sustainability Research Cluster performances and installations. For the past thirty years, her powerful imagery has drawn on the land and identity as it is shaped, in, on and with the environment. RMIT FOUNDATION Gallery
  30. 30. “Erosion and gradual inundation are already occurring on the low- lying Torres Strait island communities of Boigu and Saibai. Any future relocation of affected communities will be socially and economically costly.”Gavin Briggs, Manager Northern Australia Research Programme“Approximately 27% of ourisland communities are affectedby climate change and therising sea level right now, in2009. For us, this is not aphenomenon that we have theluxury of reading about;unfortunately for some of us, itwill become an even more realpart of our daily lives eachyear.” Torres Strait Regional Authority’s Chair, Toshie Kris
  31. 31. 11 to 16 October 2011 Kino Cinema
  32. 32. CLIMARTE is an independent not for profit body that bringsthe arts community together to tackle climate change. www.climarte.org
  33. 33. Floods, Pakistan, 2010 Drought, Spain, 2010Sea level rise, Carteret Islands, 2010 Wildfires, Russia, 2010
  34. 34. Australia
  35. 35. Maldives - today Melbourne - tomorrow?Text Sources:U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and Climate Change Risks to Australias Coasts, Department of Climate Change
  36. 36. ‘Blue Marble,’ NASA, 2009
  37. 37. Neolithic cave painting c6000 BC
  38. 38. J.M.W. Turner Rain, Steam, and Speed-The Great Western Railway, 1844.
  39. 39. Photo by Andrew North of Cloud 9 Aerial PhotographyCourtesy of L.I.V.E Locals Into Victoria’s Environment
  40. 40. Vitruvian Man, Leonardo da Vinci, 1487

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