Hot Scientific Grappling
I love podcasts, and one of my favorite ones at the moment is called Our Warm Regards. They describe themselves:
I especially like the episodes where I hear the presenters and guests, mostly scientists grappling with not just the science of climate change, but also the human aspects of it–who on the planet is affected and how do those people doing climate work process the many strong emotions around climate impacts.
You hear this in the show that featured Dr. Katharine Heyhoe.
Going Viral–Hot Climate Meme
The most recent show takes a look at a powerful visual tool that has zipped around social media. The info is not new–it shows how the earth’s temperature has changed during the time of humans starting in 2000 BCE to the dramatic recent increase in temperature. They chatted with Gavin Schmidt from RealClimate about the science behind the cartoon.
Ah, but as they spoke, I wondered about the ART behind it. I hadn’t seen the image, so once the show ended, (I was cleaning the kitchen while listening) I found it and immediately understood why this image got such traction and interest from all kinds of people who maybe are aware of climate change, but not necessarily engaged.
It is a long big image that you can see here, but below is a ice core sample from it.
The historic role of Art and Political Action
In more modern times we saw the same with all the art that developed during the South African anti-apartheid movement and with HIV/AIDS activists.
My husband is South African, and had been active in the anti-conscription movement, the queer liberation movement, and the anti-apartheid struggle. The ANC activists recognized that once the artists embraced the struggle, that is when they believed they were going to win. This is true with climate change too.
Calling All Artists!
While there is bad art, over-the-top movies, and didactic clunky presentations in art drag, more and more quality visual and performance art is emerging that addresses the many aspects of being humans in a time of climate change.