The Santa Fe EARTH event, put on by 350.org and the Santa Fe Art Institute, shows how the Santa Fe River could look if there was water running through it. With global warming decreasing snow melt, Santa Fe is running out of water. This river is one of the 10 most endangered in North America. Over a 1,000 people came out and held up blue painted pieces of cardboard or tarps as a satellite passed over. Click to enlarge.
Most of the time, of course, we talk about science and politics at ClimateProgress and at 350.org.
But I wanted to share a few images with you today, the beginning of a week of odd and lovely and unprecedented art that hopefully will reach people in other ways. In the week before Cancun, those of us at 350.org have been working with artists all over the world in a project we’re calling eARTh. It’s goal is to shake up our perception a bit, to help remind human beings that we live on a planet.
To do that, we’ve found great artists in more than a dozen locations. They’ve taken simple sketches of something related to our crisis””the Chinese symbol for water, say””and planned out how to execute them on the ground with thousands of human bodies. And then another set of artists, at the world’s premier aerial imaging firm, DigitalGlobe, have donated half a million dollars in satellite time to capture those images from 435 miles in outer space.
The first of these projects are happening this weekend. Check out the flash flood down a dry gulch in Santa Fe””that’s a thousand people or more with blue cloth and cardboard, people who live in an area of increasing water scarcity.
Satellite photo of “Flash Flood” Event
Check out the face of a girl from a river delta in Spain””a girl who may be forced from her home as the sea rises.
Delta del Ebro — Citizens from the Delta del Ebro region joined renowned urban-artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada to form a giant representation of the face of a young girl who wishes to see the Delta survive the threat of climate change.
To answer the obvious question: no, we don’t think these are going to have an immediate political effect, turn Cancun upside down, cause Jim Inhofe to change his mind. But we do think that they are one key part in the work of building a movement big enough to matter. And I hope you enjoy looking at them””I sure do.We’ve got more allies, of more types, out there than we sometimes remember.
– Bill McKibben