At around this time last year, an exhibition of ‘green’ globes went on display outside the Telus World of Science. They were so descriptive at describing the need to save our planet, we wish they would come back!
The exhibition, called Cool Globes – Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet, featured an assortment of globes weighing one tonne each that showcased the impacts of and solutions to global warming for the purposes of increasing awareness and education.
According to Science World’s news release of February 2010, the idea behind the Cool Globes exhibition was to encourage people to think about the environment by showing them through visual display. The exhibition had been presented in Chicago, Washington D.C., San Francisco, San Diego, Sundance, Los Angeles, Houston, Copenhagen (at the UN Conference on Climate Change), Geneva, and Marseille, before making its way to Vancouver in early 2010.
The Cool Globes project exemplifies the effectiveness of community participation and the impact it can have on people. “The globes are large and powerful symbols of how the choices we make affect the world around us”, as per Science World’s news release. The green globes are designed not only by artists, but also by community groups and children. Each globe depicts its own solution to global warming.
Deemed “public art with a purpose”, the globes were made to inspire reflection on the state of our planet. Pauline Finn, Science World’s Vice President of Community Engagement, suggested their placement outside the building in order to attract the attentions of those passing by. The globes also helped to encourage ‘green-ness’ and Science World’s commitment to sustainability.
Responsible for the exhibition is Cool Globes, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the environment. The organization was motivated by the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005 and became a non-profit organization in 2006. Cool Globes aims to raise awareness of solutions to climate change through presentations of public art presented in numerous cities. In the words of the organization: “It is our hope that the millions of people who have experienced the exhibit, leave with a vast array of solutions to climate change, and with one clear message…we can solve this.”
Wendy Abrams’ (founder of Cool Globes) inspiration came from an article on global warming and its consequences as a result of a simple flip-through of Time magazine. Her shock in the discrepancy in the attention paid to this issue between the scientific community and the public, as well as in the media’s general apathy toward the circumstances, led her to make a commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative to take action.
Abrams’ passion and dedication toward the issue of global warming resulted in Cool Globes – Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet, and the success of the exhibition is evidence of its ability to instigate not only passion and dedication, but also motivation and teamwork, in others.
Visit their website at www.coolglobes.com to learn more. Then, let us know, do you think Vancouverites should have their own permanent display of eco-educating globes?