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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Monday, February 27, 2017

Extreme Weather - The Sustainable Souls Project February 2017

Hello and Welcome to The Sustainable Souls Project February 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.

February's theme is a theme that we have all witnessed and experienced in our lifetime: EXTREME WEATHER.  


Even as I write this blog post, we experienced tornadoes in February, in PA.  The temperature was in the mid 70's all week, and on Saturday, we had one of the worse thunderstorms I've ever experienced.  The wind and rain was so severe, water poured in around the edges of my front door, and seeped into my basement.  If we see weather this severe, it is usually in May-August, not in February when the temperatures should be in the 30's, with snow.  Extreme weather situations are becoming more of the norm in these times of Climate Change and Global Warming.

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

The key word in the definition is 'exceeding the ordinary, usual, or expected'.  Extreme weather is typically rare. But climate change is increasing the odds of more extreme weather events taking place.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explain extreme weather and it connectivity to Climate Change HERE.  Visually, here's how they explain extreme weather, using a bell curve graph.

David Suzuki, a notable Canadian scientist and environmental activist, sums up Extreme Weather with this quote.
"The increasing frequency of extreme weather events, droughts and floods is in line with what climate scientists have been predicting for decades - and evidence is mounting that what's happening is more severe than predicted, and will get far worse still if we fail to act."

We asked the Sustainable Souls to create, using this theme as an inspiration point and as a point to share how extreme weather 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 'Extreme Weather' was transformed into art.

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

 

Karrie McClean Martin


Kristie Porters


Laura Roberts aka HastyPearl






Sydney Drake Hole-Huffaker




Tracy Krueger


What an incredible collection of art!  I personally love the unique characteristics of each piece and what Extreme Weather means to each person. 
Thank you to each and every artist who took time to create with us this month.  

We leave you with this video, that highlights extreme weather events during July 2016.



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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

We are all connected - The Sustainable Souls Project, January 2016

Hello and Welcome to The Sustainable Souls Project Inaugural 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.
 We kick off the year with a theme that encompasses the general, overall idea behind Sustainability; that we are all connected.  What happens in one part of the world, affects the other.  What one person does, affects others.  The death of one eco-system, affects many others, and so one....

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

The key word in the definition is 'long-term'.  Things that are occurring now, have long-term affects, so immediate change is needed to stop the cycle of harm.

January's theme begins the year with the concept of connectivity.  Here's an excerpt from Elephant Journal, that explains our connectivity with one another and our environment, eloquently.
"All matter comes from one single source, namely the Big Bang, which means that everything in our physical world is inseparable. We maintain non-local ongoing communication with each other—as human beings in this case, but we can extend that to connection to all matter in the universe: animals, plants, rocks, bodies of water, even weather. Each individual can affect change in the world. We are not separate from one another. We’re more like cosmic siblings. This means that we have a great responsibility to each other and to ourselves."


We asked the Sustainable Souls to create, using this theme as an inspiration point and as a point to share what connectiveness means to them.  I think you will be amazed at how each artist interpreted the theme and how they shared their message.
Let's see how 'We are all Connected' was transformed into art.

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


Christy Strickler



DeeDee Catron



DeLane Rosenau


Diana Gabriella


Fiona Paltridge


Heather Paris



Karrie McClean Martin



Kristie Porters



Kristie Taylor



Laura Mooney



Leslie Marsh



Martha Richardson



Melissa Johnson



Michele Kosciolek



Peggy Arden



Robyn Crowningshield



Susan Davison



Sydney Drake Hole-Huffaker



Tina Walker



Tracy Krueger

Occasionally, we will feature Guest Artists and Junior Artists.  This month, we have a special Junior Artist, Daniel Crowningshield.  Here's his interpretation of the theme.

Junior Artist - Daniel Crowningshield


What an incredible collection of art!  I personally love the unique characteristics of each piece and what Sustainability means to each person.  This year will definitely be full of learning, sharing, and supporting 'The Pale Blue Dot'.

Thank you to each and every artist who took time to create with us this month.  
I thank you!
Human-kind thanks you!
Future generations thank you!
 Planet Earth thanks you!

We leave you with a short video, highlighting Carl Sagan's eloquent dissertation of 'The Pale Blue Dot'.  Enjoy.




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