In the midst of the Covid pandemic, humankind is at an existential crossroad: We can get through the health crisis and return to normal or we can realize that ‘normal’ was the problem and choose a better path. Normal has meant the Arctic ice melting, oceans warming; massive wildfires; extreme weather events, the extinction of billions of living creatures, governments and banks continuing to support and subsidize the fossil fuel industry, the very industry which is behind most of these climate emergencies. Normal has meant that the poor, the vulnerable, communities of color, have been targets of the oil industry’s pollution that makes them vulnerable to pandemics, and extreme weather events, none of which they are responsible for. Normal condemns our children to an unlivable future. There is an alternative and now, this year, is the time when we can make a paradigm shift to a safer, cleaner, more equitable and sustainable way of life.
The health crisis will pass, the climate crisis will not. That is why Judy Chicago, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Swoon, Fire Drill Fridays, Greenpeace, the National Museum of Women In The Arts, the Serpentine Gallery and I are inviting you are to participate in a global art project in which artists offer an alternative vision to normal, one that honors the planet and all living creatures, one that promotes equity and justice for all; one that offers hope in a world that is on the wrong track. During historic transitions, art has always been critical. It reminds us that the world as it is, is not all there is, that there are other possibilities to strive for. Art can jolt us open and penetrate our defenses so that we can see and hear what we have been afraid of seeing and hearing. Art can play a role in waking people up to the urgency and to the solutions.
So upload your creations to your own social media platforms and to hashtag #CreateArtForEarth.
Visit greenpeace.org/usa/createartforearth for more info!