Artists for the earth
Given the enormity of the threats posed by climate change, loss of biospheres, species annihilation and pollution, and the speed at which they are progressing, is it enough just to present the science?
Is it not crucial to convey a sense of urgency, as well as to provide the public with answers about what can be done to avert or mitigate predictable catastrophes?
Museums have the public’s support as trusted institutions, and they have the tools and the creativity not only to deliver the science, but to inform visitors of everyday practices that support the development of a world where all living things thrive in a healthy environment.
Then, through discovery and wonder – what all museums wish to convey – there would also be real people taking positive actions to preserve what museums intended to preserve from the very beginning.
To commemorate the 50thAnniversary of Earth Day in 2020, Earth Day Network and the Smithsonian Institution’s Earth Optimism team are developing a global initiative that will help people envision and achieve a positive future.
To launch the initiative, Earth Day convened a Global Leadership Forum in October, 2018 where more than 80 representatives from around the globe were represented to explore how museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, and research centers can develop resources and programs for Earth Day 2020.
The meeting focused ideas for programs and exhibits that will inspire new audiences, especially youth, with content, media, and resources that increase relevancy to daily lives and create a vision and success stories that can serve as models that can be replicable and scalable and inspire multiple generations to understand and sustain a healthy and diverse planet.