Below are some of my paintings from my 50 Ways to Tame Our Wicked Climate project which was in the 50|50 show last August at The Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, California. The full piece is now hanging at Kevin Mullin’s office at the California State Capital in Sacramento this fall 2015. I’m working on posting all the individual pieces along with some of the research I did for the project.
Carpooling would be one of the quickest ways to cut our carbon emissions. Period. Then comes the big BUT, and I know this because I come up against it all the time. If you have kids, as I think a great deal of people do, it throws a big wrench into the whole carpooling scheme. Things can become so complicated it’s mind boggling. I am on a mission to figure it out though! Between the new carpool apps and the carpooling websites it seems things are changing so more people might choose to carpool. It is a great way to save money, possibly make friends, alleviate traffic, and reduce our carbon emissions—quickly.
I see these little Google self-driving cars driving around Mountain View near Google’s headquarters. They’re cute, and they have personality. If you notice on my Self Driving Car painting (see above) I collaged a copy of my painting “Come Together” on the door! Earlier this year Google had a contest (which I didn’t enter but wish I had) because I was just to busy focusing on researching and painting the 50 Ways to Tame Our Wicked Climate Crisis project. The images that were chosen are wonderful though. I like the car, it has this feel of “I’m going to get around but I’m not going to take myself to seriously.” I wonder if people could send their kids off to school in it—eventually?
Since I did the piece above, Take the Bus, I see these buses everywhere now! I always wonder what mysterious people are in them? Where they are going? Who are they? I imagine it’s got wifi and outlets, maybe even comfortable seats that recline so you can take a nap! Okay, I’m kidding, I do know about who is on these buses. They’ve gotten a lot of flack around here, protests and angry citizens—we have very creative protesters here in San Francisco if you just clicked the previous link! I certainly would rather not see all these people driving though. The buses are a solution, albeit a controversial one, until we get these fantastic SkyTran pods (see below).
Okay, this is hands down my favorite future piece. SkyTran, is a NASA Space Act Company in Mountain View, California. They run (really fast) using magnetic levitation, point to point, and I read somewhere you will be able to call one with your smartphone, nice huh! We could begin to use these and transition out of freeways (The USA spends 40 to 50 billion dollars on freeway up keep every year)—in my dream future. It could be a massive engineering project on par with FDR’s New Deal after the Depression. Then, eventually, the roads could be given back to riding bikes, walking, grass, little creatures, public gardens. We’d not ever have to worry about small children and animals being run down by a car! It would be fantastic!
Paul Gilding in his book The Great Disruption, which I listened to earlier this year, suggests grounding airplanes in his “One Degree War Plan”. Now, I love to travel—so this is not my first choice on how to cut back to reduce our carbon emissions. I tend toward other solutions, but, if push comes to shove then I would ground the airplanes. The silver lining in this solution though is that we wouldn’t have extremists running airplanes into high rise buildings, and they can stay home, over there, where ever they are.