What’s all this we hear about climate change?
For 650,000 years (until 1950), the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere never reached 300 parts per million. Since then, it’s surged upward. In 2014, it reached 400 parts per million. So what? With other changes in the environment, it’s led to the following changes:Sea level rise – Cities along rivers and the seacoast are in added danger of
flooding Global temperature rise – all 10 of the warmest years ever happened in the last 12 years.
Shrinking ice sheets
Declining arctic sea ice
Extreme weather events
Decreased snow cover
This description came from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
See their page for more information.
Creative people are helping to spread the word.
Who are the creative people searching for solutions?
They are people of all ages, countries, languages, races, religions, and politics.Young people are especially good at creating and inventing ways to show the problem. They have zest, passion, and openness to embrace new ideas.
What is climate art?
Climate Art is any artistic expression of climate change. It might be a poster urging people to use solar power, a photograph of damage from a hurricane, a painting of an endangered animal, a collage showing local debris, a video of a group of students taking climate action, a 3-dimensional model of climate data. There is no limit to the possibilities. If you search on the term “climate art”, you can see many examples.
Why should we have a climate art project?
Graphs, charts, books, lectures all serve their purpose to spread information.
But art has the potential to change people, to convince people to act, to convince them that climate change is real, and to convince them that they can be part of the solution.
When did the project begin?
This is the first school year for ISCAP. Planning began in September 2014.
We began inviting schools in November 2014. In June 2015, we started a website with student climate artwork.
Who is participating in this first year of ISCAP?
In this first year, five schools and six teachers have submitted photos of their students’ projects. Four of the schools are in or near Savannah, Georgia. One school is in the Czech Republic. Click on the buttons in the Home Page for information about the students and their schools. These teachers and students created some wonderful climate art. Many thanks to everybody who contributed!
Who is organizing the project?
Carol Anderson, Savannah, Georgia, is the Developer and Coordinator.
She is a retired adjunct professor of Spanish at Armstrong State University in Savannah. As a career teacher, she taught English, German, and Spanish in high schools in Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family, painting and drawing, playing the clarinet, petting dogs, planting flowers, and traveling to distant places.
What are the plans for the future?
We are planning to continue the project in the next school year. We are looking for other schools, teachers, and students who would like to participate. One school has expressed an interest in incorporating music into the project. There is no limit to the definition of climate art. Please contact us to get started.
How may schools, teachers, classes, clubs, and individual students participate?
Contact Carol Anderson at
In the subject line, put ISCAP 2015-16 and your school’s name
Attach a Word document, titled ISCAP 2015-16.
In the Word document, include the following:
Your school’s name
Your city and country
Your e-mail contact information
A brief summary of your idea of a project
There are no registration fees of any kind.
There are no age limits.
Who has helped with organization?
James N. Anderson, Head of International Education, Armstrong State University
Catriona Schaefer, Teacher Specialist for Visual Arts, Savannah/Chatham County
Public School System,Rachel Green, Professor of Art, Armstrong State University
Chance Everette and Shae Tennhouse, student website designers, Armstrong State
Who is endorsing the project in Savannah, Georgia?
The Savannah Art Association
The Greater Savannah International Alliance
Savannah/Chatham County Public School System
Armstrong State University Office of International Education