If all roads lead to Rome, then in the environmental and climate change sectors all roads may eventually lead to the United Nations. It might be off-putting or intimidating, but the truth is the UN has one of the most comprehensive climate education modules around (and they’re free). In addition, there are more consortiums and collaboratives than you can shake a stick at! One of the networks is called the PCCB Network – and it is designed as a clearing house to establish and build capacity levels. PCCB also has a collective events scheduler in an effort to leverage the contributing members’ work. A schedule of upcoming Climate Dialogues from November 23 – December 4, 2020 contains a promising array of topics and speakers. Sacrosanct Gallery is proud to be a PCCB Member, to our knowledge we are the only private art-centric entity in the organization to date who is looking specifically at visual language as a means for addressing and communicating climate change.
The PCCB Network is governed in part by the UNFCCC Secretariat. They write, “The UNFCCC secretariat (UN Climate Change) is the United Nations entity tasked with supporting the global response to the threat of climate change. UNFCCC stands for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Convention has near universal membership (197 Parties) and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep the global average temperature rise this century as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The ultimate objective of all three agreements under the UNFCCC is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system, in a time frame which allows ecosystems to adapt naturally and enables sustainable development.”
The UN would agree that art has a specific and unique role to play in the greater climate puzzle. In December 2019 at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, Spain, poster art work was exhibited which captured the sentiment of top artists regarding climate change and status of global climate action and their hopes for the future. The theme (in conjunction with the organization What Design Can Do) was “25×25” – looking back at the past 25 years since the inception of the UN Framework Convention and ahead the next 25 years.
Shauna Lee Lange of Sacrosanct Gallery exhibits artwork and writes about art and environment, especially environmental art, eco art, climate art, and art of the natural world. She lives in a small home on Florida’s Gulf Coast where she networks, reads, thinks, and draws all day long.