Creative Climate Awards: Dear Climate Let’s You Talk with Our Climate

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As part of the our Creative Climate Awards, from September 24th through October 14th, Una Chaudhuri, Fritz Ertl, Oliver Kellhammer, and Marina Zurkow have shared their personal letters to our climate in storefront windows just Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Their goal: to meet, befriend and become climate change with this storefront installation.

This collaborative group has worked together to create over 60 posters and podcasts and a specific letter addressed “Deat Climate.” Their project, DEAR CLIMATE, has been designed as a program for “inner climate change.” The versatile series of works evoke new and different relationships to weather, landscapes, other species, and ourselves. The posters can be printed and projected in various sizes, the podcasts can be installed comfortably either privately or publicly.

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to speak with one of the artists involved, Una Chaudhari, a teacher of English, Drama, and Environmental Studies at New York University. When I asked her about how she wanted this program to reach its audience, she said that it was meant to inspire a personal reflection targeting creative and emotional responses to climate change rather than fearful and shameful ones. It’s a new way to talk about weather by actually talking to it.

As they have written on their site “Hello, Dear Climate, I’ve been meaning to tell you…” See more information or download and print posters at

As an official part of Climate Week NYC and in partnership with Positive Feedback and Artbridge, the Human Impacts Institute’s Fourth Annual Creative Climate Call to Action brings together the visual arts, performance art, and film to install climate-inspired public works throughout New York City. In an effort to inspire people to think more critically about our actions and their impacts, The Creative Climate Awards program uses creativity to broaden the climate conversation, inspire action, and to combine art and education with diverse climate themes.

See the entire lineup of events for the Creative Climate Awards.

By Milcah Zewdie, 2014 Environmental Leadership Intern, Human Impacts Institute

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