Climate Change Art

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  • Title: Climate Change Art: Examining How the Artistic Community Expresses the Climate Crisis
  • Author(s): Shauna Doll, Tarah Wright
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Arts in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts
  • Keywords: Climate Change, Climate Change Art, Eco-art, Sustainable Development, Sustainability
  • Volume: 14
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2326-9960 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-2104 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2326-9960/CGP/v14i02/13-29
  • Citation: Doll, Shauna , and Tarah Wright. 2019. "Climate Change Art: Examining How the Artistic Community Expresses the Climate Crisis." The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts 14 (2): 13-29. doi:10.18848/2326-9960/CGP/v14i02/13-29.
  • Extent: 17 pages

Abstract

Climate change is not a scientific problem but a cultural one. Although science has been able to identify the various biogeochemical problems related to climate change, it has failed to elicit a widespread meaningful behavioural response. Thus, the solution to the climate crisis is not more science, but initiatives that encourage the development of pro-environment cultural norms. This study identifies works and investigates the expressions of the artistic community related to the climate crisis. By identifying and exploring a 200-piece sample of the current body of climate change art, we were able to identify twenty-eight themes related to climate change art and categorize them under the four meta themes of: cause; outcome; solution; and abstract. By so doing, this preliminary study documents climate change art, and enables the scholarly community to better understand how the artistic community is internalizing and expressing the climate change problem.