Artists all over the world have responded to climate change. Whether it’s feelings of dislocation on seeing giant snowballs melting in the City of London, made by Andy Goldsworthy in the Arctic and brought back to slowly melt in the urban City heat or seeing the inspiring and diverse responses of the artists traveling on a ship to see the Arctic melt and the effects of climate change first hand. Endangered Species; bone shapes caught in a last gasp movement by the infamous contemporary dance choreographer, Siobhan Davis and Antony Gormely’s cast in the Arctic snow, are quite different interpretations. Interestingly Ian McEwen’s only non visual expression most accurately describes the devastating effects of climate change. He capture the very real sense of the planet’s degradation at our hands. Each artist creates their own unique vision.
The artists demonstrate how difficult it is to have a common vision or language for something as complicated as climate change. It doesn’t require a deeper knowledge and its so all encompassing from coral bleaching, that has seen an unprecedented increase in the last two decades to the eventual extinction of certain plant and animal species by up to 50% in 50 years. The Arctic sea ice will completely disappear during the summer months by 2080, making future artist trips very different.
Climate change touches us all in different ways and it’s our responsibility to respond in whatever way we can. Previous civilizations like the Mayans who failed to collectively respond to nature’s challenge, ultimately failed. So it is my belief that we should make every effort to celebrate everyone’s contribution to making a real difference to climate change, their art of climate change.