Changed Climate

 San Jose City College Gallery, San Jose, CA

 overall dimensions, 25’ x 30’ x10’

Materials: Nature and ecology books, drywall screws, soundtrack, pedestals

Changed Climate invites viewers to contemplate our current ecological crises. The books in this artwork, now rendered inaccessible, contain images of a thriving natural world now either gone or damaged, and important scientific information concerning our  declining environment. Ecological challenges explored in these books include rising rates of species extinctions, ocean acidification, the death of coral reefs, forest mortality, pollution of our air and water, as well as an increasingly damaged climate. 

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My violent treatment of these books was done with a grave heart and with a clear memory of the Nazi book burnings. This "sinning in the name of art" was only committed as an attempt to rouse our sleeping consciousnesses. I subjected my own book to this furious transformation.

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Climate change, our most pressing problem, is accelerating many of these environmental challenges, and may soon threaten the stability of our societies as food and water become more expensive and scarce. To protect our planet and ensure a healthy future for ourselves, our children, and the natural world, we must be guided by good science and the life-sustaining systems of nature.  

The worldwide response to global warming has been slow and halting. However, in 2015,195 countries agreed to follow The Paris Agreement. This is the first international legally binding agreement of its kind, committing the signatory nations to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. The United States of America’s leadership role in this important work is now seriously threatened. Supporting the Paris Agreement and advancing other restorative legislation is vitally important.

The books I included in Changed Climate:

 

Beautiful California: a Sunset Pictorial, D. Krell, 1969

The Ocean Realm, National Geographic Society, 1978

 

Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics and the Battle Over Global Warming, C. Mooney, 2007

 

Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit, A. Gore, 1992

Heaven Is Under Our Feet: A Book for Walden Woods, D. Henley, et. al., 1991

 

Our Green and Living World: The Wisdom to Save It, E. Ayensu, 1984

 

Nature Speaks: Art and Poetry for the Earth, D. Kennedy, 2016

 

Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and

Threatens Our Lives, M. Specter, 2010

 

The Last Dive: A Father and Son's Fatal Descent into the Ocean's Depths, B. Chowdhury,

Harper Perennial, 2002

 

Natural Resource Conservation: Management for a Sustainable World, O. Owens, 1994

Ecology, Life Magazine, 1963

Secrets of the Seas, Reader's Digest, 1972

Endangered Animals, T. Downs, 2008

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