HOWEVER, the impacts of climate change are already in motion.
CALL’s programs highlight the impact of global climate change in local neighborhoods dealing with immediate environmental challenges, such as flooding, air pollution, or soil contamination.
We bring together artists, scientists, engineers, civic leaders and communities to educate and promote substantative, community-driven action to address these urgent environmental issues.
OF THE PLANET IS AT A TIPPING POINT
Through CALL’s collaborative FRAMEWORK for building cities of sustenance, we can together be a force for change in the world, step by step, on the streets and in our neighborhoods.
The FRAMEWORK at work in Milwaukee…
CALL has a big vision for WATERMARKS in Milwaukee- creating a city-scale atlas of water for the city. From WaterMarkers dotting the streets to the illuminated Jones’ Island smokestack to an interactive digital app, residents from all walks of life with be able to draw connections between their daily experience and the water that courses through their lakefront city. We’re excited about work ahead, as we collaborate with institutions and engineers to make this entirety of this project a reality. But we also know that we have the opportunity throughout the whole process, not just in the final installation, to inspire the necessary actions that must take place to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. Nowhere is the fruitfulness of CALL’s iterative process more evident that at the site of our first WaterMarker, Acosta Middle School.
Last week, Shannon Olson spoke with us about the impact WATERMARKS is having on the lives of her students. Read all about Shannon’s vision for inspiring a future generation of leaders to value our natural world.
The FRAMEWORK at work in the Bronx…
CALL is often asked the question “Why Artists? What can artists contribute?”
The data shows that despite believing climate change is a thing that is happening, the majority of people have a difficult time drawing connections between this huge concept and their immediate experience- it’s just too overwhelming. This disconnect can prevent people and governments from enacting sufficient behavioral change to mitigate the impact climate change has on our planet.
CALL believes that artists can connect with people in a different way than a scientist or engineer might. Creative professionals can take these abstract, challenging concepts and translate them into a physical, tangible language that can speak to people about the environmental context they find themselves in. An excellent example of this power is Bob Braine’s recent project with CALL, Estuary Tattoos. Through the slow process of painting the historical estuary of Tibbetts Brook on the bodies of local residents, Bob was able to converse with them in an intimate and personal way about the ecological history of their neighborhood, how that relates to some of the challenges it faces today, and what can be done to repair it’s broken ecosystem for the future. At the end of the interaction, each participant was left with a semi-permanent reminder- lines of the historical brook interweaving with the lines of their veins, gently fading throughout the week. Read a Q&A with Bob for more insights into making sustainability tangible through his work.