PURPOSE OF MY WORK
To inspire collective creativity in socially engaged art-sci projects that foster learning, empowerment, and action in order to lessen the impacts of global warming and climate change for all life on planet Earth.
PROJECT-BASED LEARNING & DOING
I believe in the power of project-based learning (PBL), especially for art-sci “maker” experiences that center people’s feelings alongside factual information. That process can unleash our capacity for action and change… thus reducing *climate anxiety.*
UP-CYCLING MY SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
My current design strategies for public engagement projects are guided by my: experience as a seminal leader of the global art-sci field (see “ABOUT” in site-menu), artist/”maker” skills working in various media (see “DESIGNS”), organizing enviro-exhibitions, leading youth and family workshops, being an adjunct instructor & visiting artist lecturer, and doing private client & public art commissions.
ENGAGING THE ENERGY OF YOUTH
Today’s youth have the most to lose in our race to create a near-zero carbon future, so we must inspire their project participation, ideas, and feedback. Their enthusiasm is key to sparking intergenerational transference of climate change awareness and action in our communities.
CULTURAL ACTION MATTERS
If our species is to survive (and thrive) on this beautiful blue planet, we must act with urgency to foster an “all-in” cultural attitude and behavior to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Intriguing visual art and maker strategies can attract the public while surprising them with climate change concepts and non-intimidating conversation.
Water-Strider (above) proves how personal vision is a powerful motivator, taking two-years to learn/design/make this floating sculpture. That is why student-centered learning is so important.
Transform a baseball cap (below) into a Climate Change EmergencyCap. See the FREE, “How-To” video I created so students, parents, teachers, families, or any concerned citizen can make their own EmergencyCaps… and then use them! organize a school/community Earth Day parade, wear in Pop-Up events in city parks, and/or on the steps of City Hall, etc.)
Kids love animals, and empathy from learning about species extinction can seed their dreams of fantasy solutions to save them! It’s critical to acknowledge imagination as the “mother of invention,” and kids will learn terms like: adaptation, mitigation, conservation, biodiversity and habitat loss from their research.
MY “GO-TO” INFO SOURCES
I learn about the important discoveries, inventions, and actions people are taking today in response to climate change via online investigative journalism and docu-films. Also, the massive climate activism of global youth, and making my climate hats, help me feel hopeful. click here to visit my Info-Resource Pages (Humans/ Nature/ Technology), and… LEARN WHAT YOU CAN DO !!!