Can Art Connect Us With Our Feelings About Climate Change?

Can Art Connect Us With Our Feelings About Climate Change?
ILULISSAT, GREENLAND – AUGUST 04: In this view from an airplane icebergs float in Disko Bay at sunset on August 04, 2019 near Ilulissat, Greenland. The Sahara heat wave that recently sent temperatures to record levels in parts of Europe has also reached Greenland. Climate change is having a profound effect in Greenland, where over the last several decades summers have become longer and the rate that glaciers and the Greenland ice cap are retreating has accelerated. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

What does weather change seem like in Australia. Are we seeing our landscapes change before our eyes before realising it.

Perhaps thought-provoking artwork will help us come to terms with our changing world, by discovering new ways to engage, educate and hopefully inspire actions. For has not art always become the bridge between the mind and the center.

With this goal, the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 festival, organised by CLIMARTE, attributes 30 especially curated exhibitions running from April 19 to May 14 in galleries throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria, following on from their past award-winning festival in 2015.

Change The Landscape

Among the festival’s exhibits is Land, Rain and Sun, including over a hundred landscapes dating from the 19th century to now, curated by gallery owner Charles Nodrum and captioned by us to offer you a climate scientist’s view on the functions.

Curating an exhibition of artworks as seen through the eyes of a climate scientist introduces a challenge: how do we make the invisible visible, along with the unthinkable real?

As we sifted through dozens of artistic treasures, there certainly are several works that faced us in unexpected ways. It depicts the Victorian High Country greatly blanketed in snowas two skiers make their way through the gorgeous wintery landscape.

Once we saw this picture, we realised that in years to come this job may be thought of as a historic album, functioning as a dreadful reminder of a landscape which disappeared before our eyes.

Average snow depth and pay Australia have declined since the 1950s as temperatures have climbed rapidly. Under large greenhouse gas emissions scenarios, climate models reveal severe cuts, with snow getting infrequent by late in the century except to the greatest peaks.

The ski season may shorten up to 80 days annually by 2050 under worst-case predictions, together with the largest consequences likely to be sensed at lower-elevation websites like Mt Baw Baw and Lake Mountain at Victoria.

As temperatures continue to climb, our alpine plants and animal communities have been in actual danger of being pushed off mountain tops, using nowhere to migrate and no method of moving out or involving alpine islands.

The name describes Rome’s annihilation of Carthage at 149 BC. According to the ancient historian Polybius, the beating Roman general, Scipio Aemilianus, famously cried because he pitched the event to the epic destruction of Troy as well as the eventual conclusion he would foresee for Rome.

As scientists, we’re disturbingly aware of the dangers to society not just here in Australia, but all around the world. Unmitigated human-induced climate shift may potentially see the world warm by over 4℃ at the end of this century.

In Australia, inland areas of this nation could heat by over 5℃ on ordinary by 2090. Back in Melbourne, the amount of times over 40℃ could quadruple at the end of this century, causing intense heat stress to wildlife, humans, plants and plants, particularly in metropolitan areas.

Warming of the speed and size is a real threat to our civilisation. Gleeson’s art made us believe the unthinkable may occur, as it’s previously. On a more optimistic note, Imants Tillers’ job New Litany highlights the value of communities taking a stand for ecological security.

Within our background Australians have fought against logging of indigenous forests, nuclear energy, whaling, and also for the recovery of dammed river systems such as the Snowy. However the decades since then has attracted political chaos, and federal greenhouse emissions continue to grow.

The current March for Science is a reminder that the stakes are now higher than previously, and that lots of individuals truly do care about the long run.

The science is telling us that our climate is changing, frequently quicker than we envisioned. The assortment of CSIRO’s most up-to-date climate change projections informs us that the future remains in our handson.

We can prevent the worst aspects of climate change by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, but we will need to act today. Art has always been a strong portal to knowing the way we feel about our planet. Let us hope it helps protect our future.