Spirited Arts 2021
The Kings CE Academy
"The Earth's Sorrow"
In my artwork I decided to represent the earth as a human, showing the consequences of climate change in her hair and through physical wounds. The piece shows the detrimental effects that our daily actions have on the environment to encourage people to become more environmentally friendly and to show that tackling global warming should still be one of our main priorities.
Additionally, I wanted to show the effects covid-19 has had on wildlife. During the pandemic, not only have many people forgotten about the impacts of climate change, but a significantly increased number of PPE such as masks and gloves have also been littered or disposed of incorrectly, this is furthering the damage of plastic pollution which often ends up in the ocean. Plastic pollution is caused by single use plastics entering the environment either as litter or through poorly handled disposal systems, it is dangerous as many marine species mistake this plastic as food and ingest it or become entangled in debris. Plastic pollution doesn't just injure and kill marine species, it also presents threats to food quality, human health and coastal tourism. As well as plastic pollution, the art also depicts the effects of climate change through air pollution, forest fires, and melting glaciers, all of which are caused by or contribute towards global warming.
Psalm 24:1 NIV states “the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” Many Christians believe they have a duty to protect God’s world and become a steward of the earth, one way they can do this is by helping the environment and reducing their carbon footprint. Personally, I believe we need to make changes to save the environment before it is too late, the choices we make today will not only affect our lives but also those of the future generations.