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The Gulf oil disaster is but one example of the ways in which our fossil fuel economy is impacting the planet we call home. But as bad as this catastrophe is, the specter of global climate change looms even larger as a threat to sustaining life on Earth. Despite overwhelming evidence -- species extinction and dwindling water supplies to mass migrations and mega-storms -- the public is still unclear what climate change really means for them.

That is why we are calling on artists worldwide to participate in the CoolClimate Art Contest – the first online art contest exploring climate change in its many forms – how it is impacting our lives and what can be done to ensure a sustainable future for all of Earth’s inhabitants. By participating in the contest, you can help make a difference with your artwork to help spread awareness in the deviantART community and across the world! :#1:

What Can You Do?

Submit a work of art that explores our relationship with the climate. From clean energy jobs to pollution-free oceans – the subject choice is yours!

You can submit a piece you’ve already made, or spread the word and get others involved!

Submissions are now open and will close on August 23, 2010 at 11:59:59 PM PT. You can read the
Official Contest Rules on the CoolClimate Group Page.

How Your Art Makes Change

Post your art on CoolClimate and your work could get amazing exposure in support of this cause;  Finalist are voted by the public through the Huffington Post. Winners will be featured on the Planet Green Planet100 show, will be displayed at key leader events nationwide in the United States on 10/10/10 and will be distributed worldwide to the press and through the outstanding world-renowned environmental partners listed below :eager:

Your work will be reviewed by successful artists in the environmental idiom and major art world leaders associated with The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Whitney Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Art.

The amazing judges include:
:bulletblue: Mel Chin (artist)
:bulletblue: Philippe Cousteau (ecologist)
:bulletblue: Agnes Gund (collector & philanthropist)
:bulletblue: Van Jones (environmental activist)
:bulletblue: David Ross (curator)
:bulletblue: Carrie Mae Weems (artist)
:bulletblue: Jackson Browne (musician) and Dianna Cohen (artist)
:bulletblue:  Chevy Chase (Comedian) and Jayni Chase (philanthropist)

Historically the creative community has always helped to create new and expanded visions of possibility during difficult times, and we look forward to the artist’s vision for a cool and sustainable future! Get your art tools out, start your brainstorming, and join the contest! :eager:

:love: We thank the many sponsors and partners that are making the CoolClimate art contest possible:

:heart: SPONSORS
:bulletblue: Creative Visions Foundation -- dedicated to individuals who use the power
of media and the arts to create positive change in the world.
:bulletblue: Crosscurrents Foundation
:bulletblue: Quixote Foundation

:heart: PARTNERS
:bulletblue: Artillery Magazine
:bulletblue: 1Sky
:bulletblue: Chesapeake Climate Action Network
:bulletblue: Clean Energy Works
:bulletblue: Climate Change Education
:bulletblue: Defenders of Wildlife
:bulletblue: Earth Day Network
:bulletblue: Ecorazzi
:bulletblue: Energy Action Coalition
:bulletblue: Environmental Defense Fund
:bulletblue: Green For All
:bulletblue: Hip Hop Caucus
:bulletblue: Huffington Post
:bulletblue: Metropolis Magazine
:bulletblue: National Wildlife Federation
:bulletblue: Oceana
:bulletblue: Planet100
:bulletblue: Rock the Vote
:bulletblue: Student PIRGS
:bulletblue: Southern Energy Network
:bulletblue: SustainUS
:bulletblue: World Wildlife Federation

Remember to check out CoolClimate for all the details and to submit your work! :la:

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dewz-foeva Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Green!!! :dummy:
MarvelousBizarre Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have to be 18 or older? ohh mann. :(
guayasamin Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
cybergranny Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm impressed by the panel of judges, you've done a big job for having such an interesting and diverse panel.
Hengki24 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
Superb cause.
We lost the average of 1.5 islands a year due to the increase of sea level here in Indonesia.
It's a serious problem.
GisaPizzatto Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Featured on :icondeviantarttimes: [link]
Ayame-Kenoshi Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
AJGlass Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
the specter of global climate change looms even larger as a threat to sustaining life on Earth

Perhaps Human life, but not life in general. In fact, the warmer the Earth gets the more species that will be able to thrive - up to a point.

The fossil record clearly show that when the Earth warms, many more organisms find suitable habitats and thrive. Hence why we find so many more fossils (and diversification of those fossils) during warm climate periods in Earth's past. Sure, some organisms go extinct. But many more millions (perhaps even billions) branch out and diversify.

And as for climate change, the climate will always change. What's unusual is that it's been so stable over the last few thousand years. The Earth has been both much hotter and much colder in the past and there is considerable evidence that it will do the same in the future. In fact, all it takes is one large volcanic eruption to throw enough ash and sulfur into the atmosphere, and we all get the next ice age.

I for one would prefer the planet to warm a bit, then for it to cool. We humans can survive on a warmer planet. But if it gets colder and we can't grow our crops, we're screwed.


It will be interesting to see what impact this contest has, if any. And I'm even more interested in seeing how they're going to prevent artists from spreading incorrect information about climate change.

Also, exactly what qualifies a musician (Jackson Browne) and a comedian (Chevy Chase) to judge this contest is beyond me.

But I wish good luck to the judges and to all of the participants! :aww:
makepictures Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Both Mr. Browne and Mr. Chase have perhaps the same qualification as any other person to learn about ecological causes, teach others what they have learned and contribute their time, money and efforts towards goals they believe will be helpful to others. They can use their notoriety to do more than advance their own careers.
AJGlass Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
In my opinion, other climate or visual art experts would probably have been a more appropriate choice given the fact that this an art contest with a climate change theme.
makepictures Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Then I would encourage you to put together your own effort towards using the arts to bring attention to climate change or any other social cause of interest to you. Perhaps the improvements you would bring to the effort would produce better results as well from which everyone would benefit.
AJGlass Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I really wish I had the time to do so. Real life does not allow me the luxury right now. :(

As it is, I barely have time to even comment these days or upload my science-related photographs with detailed Artist Comments.
scrapsaurus Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
IPPO-Lita Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
creativemikey Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
check this powerful feature out
clevella Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Good one!!
i-Moosker Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Just kidding it's 18+!
i-Moosker Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist

Can't wait to get started on my entry!
zungzwang Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! :iconexcitedlaplz:
zananeichan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
Good one... greed, selfishness, carelessness and censorship(non release of cleaner energies and fuels, and prevention of pictures of bp damage to be taken by those who live there) caused it all.
TheFulkrum Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
deshrubber Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
pain-designs Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
MidnightExigent Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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