As part of Climate Week NYC, the Human Impacts Institute launched its Ten Days of Climate Action. The goal of the Ten Days was to use creative art installations around varying topics concerning climate change to inspire curiosity and conversations with passers-by on often overwhelming issues. Community members were also asked to become a part of the solution through a variety of public engagement activities, such as video journals and petitions.
The Ten Days was a great success, engaging tens of thousands of locals and tourists alike with thought-provoking art and conversations on climate throughout the City.
Weren’t able to make it? See what we did for our inaugural Ten Days below and take ten climate actions today!
Day 4: A Response to Climate Skeptics
It was difficult to miss Brian Whiteley’s “Escapist” social experiment and his mass of balloons hovering throughout Central Park, Lincoln Center, and Columbus Circle. Observers went from being absorbed by the spectacle to realizing the reality of its set up. The aim of the performance was to replace skepticism about climate change with an awareness and sense of urgency.
One woman commented that she was captivated “from miles away” and then felt that the bigger meaning really “touches home” upon learning more. Another responded, “I actually don’t think a lot about climate change, but I do believe that once something starts to go wrong, it’s a sign that you need to start thinking differently, open up your mind, and see things from another perspective.”
Many passers-by referred to recent weather patterns as reminders to them of the potential impacts of climate change. Accurate scientific information and understanding any media distortions are ways to relieve doubt that has been instilled as a barrier to accepting the reality.
Find out how to effectively respond to common arguments of climate skeptics here.
By Human Impacts Institute’s Environmental Services Intern, Melanie Sluyter