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 1: Climate Innovation
The Human Impacts Institute kicked off the Ten Days of Climate Action alongside 350.org by inviting participants to take part in “Insert__Here,” a public art installation by Eve Mosher in Rodney Park South, Brooklyn. This was in support of Council member Diana Reyna’s proposed plan to cover the Brooklyn Queens Expressway with a community park. Adding green space to urban environments yields many priceless benefits such as air and water purification. Members of the community contributed their ideas for positive changes such as: solar power for our homes, less cars and more bikes, education for children, and green jobs.
Sign our petition here to support the greening of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.
If you have more innovative ideas, go here to share them with the rest of New York City.
In the evening of Day 1, the Human Impacts Institute continued creative climate outreach with 350.org in Manhattan’s East Village. As a forty-foot image of “Insert_Here” was beamed onto a buildings side, Human Impacts Institute’s teams stopped passers-by to discuss their visions for climate action.
By Human Impacts Institute’s 2011 Environmental Services Intern, Melanie Sluyter