Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Rising Sea Levels/Melting Polar Ice Caps - The Sustainable Souls Project March 2017

Hello and Welcome to The Sustainable Souls Project March Post.
The Sustainable Souls Project is a monthly artist collaboration inspired by sustainability issues, concerns, ideas, and thoughts.  Each month, we will pick a sustainability topic and create awareness through art, using the monthly theme as inspiration.  Projects may include art-journaling, mixed media, assemblage and more.
The idea is to create awareness around Sustainability through art, one paint stroke at a time!  
We hope to educate, entertain, and share pretty things for both humans and the earth.

March's theme is a all about melting polar ice-caps and rising sea water.  As you read along, you will find that this month's theme is a critical issue and the effects of melting ice-sheets are triggering several tipping points located around the world.  These actions may be difficult to recover from.

Between 1906 and 2005, the average temperature at the Earth's surface increased by about 3/4 of a degree Celsius.  For the last half of the period, warming occurred at nearly twice the rate of the first half of the period.  The increase in sea levels is consistent with data showing rising temperatures at the surface of the Earth.  The Earth's oceans also show an increased  temperature due to the overall warming.

Before we begin, let's start with the definition of  melting:

The key words are: to become liquefied by warmth or heat....

The Guardian shares a great article that explains why an increase in surface temperature affects the polar ice caps and how this is triggering uncontrollable climate change.  They go on to say, "Arctic scientists have reported that the speed at which the northern ice cap is melting risks triggering 19 climate tipping points, with disastrous consequences. It could also affect ecosystems elsewhere on Earth, perhaps irreversibly. The Arctic Resilience Report says it is crucial to reduce greenhouse gas emissions".

Here's a short video that highlights the effects of melting polar ice-caps.

Most think of snow, ice-sheets, The Antarctica and The Artic when you talk about rising sea levels and climate change, but there is one population and entire country that will be displaced if the temperature in our oceans continues to rise.  It is one of the clearest injustices to climate change.

Here's a video you must watch about the Marshellese people from the Marshall Islands, a group of islands and atolls in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean.  They are and will continue to be directly affected by the increase in sea level and may lose their homes in the next few years.

We asked the Sustainable Souls to create, using this theme as an inspiration point and as a point to share how Rising Sea Levels and Melting Polar Ice-caps affects them.  I think you will be amazed at how each artist interpreted the theme and how they shared their message.

Let's see how 'Melting Polar Ice-Caps' was transformed into art.

(Click names for links to the artist blog post) 
Camille McCoy

Sydney Drake Hole-Huffaker

Tracy Krueger

What an incredible collection of art!  I personally love the unique characteristics of each piece and what Melting Polar Ice-Caps means to each person.  

Thank you to each and every artist who took time to create with us this month.  

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