Teach Climate

May 5, 2010
By: Kristen Poppleton, Senior Director of Programs

Climate Change Education and the Arts

A recent collaboration between Andrew Revkin and ecoartspace to address the question “What Matters Most,” is an excellent example of the exciting and beautiful things that can come out of interdisciplinary work.

Redefining our relationship with the planet is an urgent matter, and one that we cannot afford to drag our heels on. The role of the arts in public engagement is sometimes viewed as a roundabout way of tackling critical environmental issues. But if the arts are one of the few vehicles we have to illustrate common ground, as opposed to an isolated-archipelago existence, then it seems that interdisciplinary collaborations  like this one represent an ideal scenario. (Inhabit)

Taking the issue of climate change into the art classroom can be a great way for students to think about how they might represent this issue visually to evoke feeling and perhaps concern from an audience. It can also be therapeutic, especially if students are studying climate change more deeply, and give students a chance to represent their sense of hope or fear around the issue.

Aviva Rahmani, Water Matters: A Beautiful View #9, 2010

Aviva Rahmani, Water Matters: A Beautiful View #9, 2010