"Earth Without Art Is Just Eh." I'm not sure where I first saw this fun little play on words, but I can't seem to shake it. For me, it's a reminder that art—visual art in particular—defines our world. And it just might be the thing that saves it.
Painters, photographers and illustrators continue to grapple with the complex issue of climate change, and the resulting works turn an intangible problem into a tactile work of art. Creating pieces that have an environmental focus is a powerful form of activism that distills complex information into a compelling image. Don't get me wrong; I think words hold an immense power. But a dense text on how atmospheric carbon dioxide is disturbing ocean currents in the Arctic probably won’t stay in your mind as long as a photo of the polar bear that’s dying as a result.