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How to tell stories about the climate that are strong enough to make people act but not to make them panic? Maybe the international language of #ART 👩🏼🎨
This artwork is an allegory for sloth. The only deadly sin which involves inaction. The title ‘QUI TACET CONSENTIRE: WHO IS SILENT, GIVES CONSENT' is written in the ‘dead’ language of Latin. 9 000 Swarovski crystals & paint on board. 42.5 x 66.5 inches (108cm x 169cm). Featured in @channelnewsasia Yareah, Inspired Economist, The Palette Pages, most appreciated projects @behance - Climate Change, @creativeboommag @fubiz @ethicalhedonistmagazine & @trend_hunter
Speaking to the BBC Prof Sir David King former chief scientific adviser to the government, says he's been scared by the number of extreme events, such as severe ice melting at the poles, record wildfires in the Arctic and an unprecedented two large cyclones in Mozambique in one year. He said: “It’s appropriate to be scared. We predicted temperatures would rise, but we didn’t foresee these sorts of extreme events we’re getting so soon.” He referred especially to the loss of land ice and sea ice, and to weather extremes. He said the situation was so grave that the UK should bring forward its date for cutting emissions of greenhouse gases to almost zero from 2050 to 2040. The polar scientist Andrew Shepherd, from Leeds University said “..it is certainly surprising to see record losses of ice. 2019 has been a bad year for Earth's ice." Prof John Church from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia said "Some things appear to be happening faster than projected. What is scary is our lack of appropriate response. Our continued lack of action is committing the world to major and essentially irreversible change.” .
Others fear that emotive language and public fear could lead to paralysis – and also to mental health problems amongst the young, The Telegraph reports that psychologists working with the University of Bath are counselling growing numbers of young people suffering from eco-anxiety. Campaigners argue that people won't act unless they feel fearful.