Changing Climate, Changing Communities: Local Reflections of a Global Issue

Although climate change is often thought to impact far away places in the future, there are real consequences here and now. Fortunately, solutions to climate change can begin right now at a community level. We invite you to reflect on what climate change means to you or show how the issue impacts our local community: near and far, now and in the future.

Many communities are already experiencing challenges associated with climate change--some becoming wetter, others drier, others experiencing severe storms or fires--but for many places and communities, the changes experienced in daily lives may seem disconnected from climate change.

While climate change can seem like an environmental issue far away, it affects the local environment in profound ways. The differing pace and qualities of climate change have led to a wide range of effects in the environment and society. In areas like the US Midwest, a milder winter and a hotter summer are becoming the norm with associated seasonal flooding and drought. Spring bud break and wildflower bloom have advanced with milder winters, while the maple-syruping season has become shorter than it was half a century ago.

The response among the public to climate change range from behavioral changes, political disagreement and questioning, to personal struggles of dealing with flooding and drought. How does climate change influence you? Is it a daily part of your life or only vaguely connected to you through the global economy and politics? Do you see effects on climate change in the local environment and the community? What are the contexts and stories of climate change you see around you and your community? What are some of the solutions? What is your role in the problem and the solution?

By turning science and societal impacts into artistic action, we hope to raise the consciousness of the climate change issue. We envision an exhibition that activates reflection, questioning, understanding, and action by highlighting the various interpretations and experiences of climate change as felt by artists and community members to humanize and provide a narrative context for effects and dynamics of climate change around us.

Opening reception on February 14th at the Second Friday Celebration of the Arts.

Exhibit entry forms are available HERE