Efforts by artists and scientists to engage public in climate change

by Yijing Zhang

David Buckland (2012) argues that climate science needs a broader platform to engage the public in the discussion of global warming. In his opinion, the Cape Farewell project is such a perfect means for scientist to work on cultural factors of climate, together with filmmakers, writers and poets. Cape Farwell is a good fit because it involves all the people, including artists, architects, and musicians, who know how to measure and evaluate climate changes in terms of topics most interesting to the public. The project consists of many journeys into areas most susceptible to climate change, in order to let participants see and examine how human activities are influencing our habitats. According to Buckland, these expeditions provide “a different language of climate change with which to engage the public.” As an international affair, more than 140 participants have taken part by writing down their stories, creating their artworks, or videoing their experiences. These practitioners use their own artsy ways to offer public a cultural explanation of cause and effects of climate changes. Continue reading