Art Works For Change has issued a Call for Entry to submit your photos by June 30th, 2015 to be part of the upcoming online art exhibition, “Footing the Bill: Art and Our Ecological Footprint“, addressing the urgent need to live sustainably within the Earth’s finite resources.
In our daily lives, we consume natural resources and produce wastes that must be absorbed by the Earth’s environment. As the human population grows and global consumption continues to increase, we will make ever-increasing demands upon the forests, pastures, cropland, fisheries and other biologically productive areas of this planet we call home.
Today, humanity uses the equivalent of 1.5 planets to satisfy our demands for natural resources and waste absorption — i.e., we are in “ecological overshoot.” In addition, based on current projections of resource use and carbon dioxide emission, we are on track to require the resources of two planets well before mid-century.
Can we all live well and within the means of one Earth? Or will we continue to overshoot our planet’s capacity to support human life and biodiversity?
Art Works For Change, along with our partners at Global Footprint Network and Earth Day Network, invite you to explore these issues through the unique lens of contemporary art.
Submitted original artwork is featured alongside our invited artists. The online exhibition opened on Earth Overshoot Day 2015 (August).
Art Works For Change is a nonprofit organization that creates contemporary art exhibitions to address critical social and environmental issues. Our museum-quality exhibitions are hosted by fine art institutions all over the world, and feature artists whose work promotes awareness, provokes dialogue and inspires action.
Global Footprint Network promotes the science of sustainability by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a resource accounting tool that makes sustainability measurable. Together with its partners, Global Footprint Network works to further improve and implement this science by coordinating research, developing methodological standards, and providing decision-makers with robust resource accounts to help the human economy operate within the Earth’s ecological limits.
Earth Day Network works year-round with thousands of partners worldwide to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. We lead environmental campaigns, promote green economic policies, educate the public and energize communities to secure a healthy future for themselves and their children.
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” –Polar explorer Robert Swan