I decided to paint over an older oil painting for my painting Sometimes Out of Chaos Comes Beauty. For me, it symbolizes both building on the past but changing it, kind of like upgrading to the future. Working on the climate change issue has been deeply disturbing, because what it boils down to is questioning our basic nature and how we interact with the natural world. Are we destroyers? Or are we protectors? Or maybe neither, or both? Certainly a species that destroys its habitat doesn’t have much of a future. So, I’m focusing on the fact that sometimes, just sometimes things do get better when they seem to be at their worse, because that’s when we will pull together and collectively make both individual changes and systematic changes. If you are looking for actions, my project 50 Ways to Tame Our Wicked Climate Crisis has, you got it, 50 solutions!
The 2016 January issue of Rollingstone Magazine puts it very well in an article “Will Paris Save The World?” by Jeff Goodell—In the end, the most striking thing about the Paris agreement may be the degree to which it bets the future of civilization on individual actions. The summit was not about the establishment of a global carbon police force – it was an attempt to write the rules so that people are inspired to go out and fix the problem on their own, either as individuals or as nations, and to lend a hand (or a dollar) to others who are less fortunate. And depending on your view of human nature, that may be the most risky bet of all.
I’m betting we can do it. But I’m not collecting bets.