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350 EARTH

Last week, 350 EARTH launched the world’s first ever global climate art project. Artists and citizens from around the world showcased their art installations (some large enough to be seen from space) to illustrate their vision of what climate change means to them, with hopes of improving conditions. The outpouring of public support resulted in the creation of an abundance of art projects by individuals from around the globe who are committed to protecting our planet.

I chose to do Land Art as my 350 EARTH project. We transformed a part of my backyard into a peace sign with the number “350″ embedded within it. Last week’s Thanksgiving holiday gave praise to a bountiful harvest and, to follow along that theme, we used natural materials found in our garden, yard and neighborhood. Some of the materials used included sunflowers, kale, tomatoes, dried basil, Swiss chard, gladiola fronds, peony branches and hostas.

The peace symbol’s outline is made out of leaves from my two favorite weeping willow trees from the yard next door. Sadly, they were cut down earlier last week (considered a “hazard” from the insurance company). It gave me comfort to be able to use the leaves in this work that, for me, represents peace and hope for our planet and serves as a reminder—based on the elements it combines—that beauty in the natural world is right at our fingertips. We can control how our actions affect this natural beauty and our planet. Of course, supporting clean energy is one of the easiest and most impactful ways of reducing an individual’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Bill McKibben recounts the final 350 EARTH event, noting that it “took place on the beach at Brighton in the UK, where Thom Yorke (the lead singer of Radiohead) assembled a few thousand of his closest friends and biggest fans to brave the cold on England’s coast. Together, they formed the image of the legendary King Canute attempting to hold back the waters.”

This and other beautiful pieces submitted over the last week can be viewed in the slideshow here.

Please, let us know if you participated in this event so we can compile our own Facebook photo album of inspirational climate change art!

Jillian Carbone
Project Associate

1 comment to 350 EARTH

  • Despite the fact that I like the AOL layout I ca nothelp but criticize the lack of readability. As an unrecognizable new glimpse that is often a substantial deviation in the unique, I’d have produced the AOL letters against a various background or somehow emphasize the A a bit much more.

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