Welcome to ISCAP (International Student Climate Project)
If you’ve dreamed of being part of the solution to global climate change, here is
an opportunity. By participating in the International Student Climate Art Project (ISCAP), you have the chance to make a difference, through your works of art. Remember that old saying, a picture is worth a thousand words? Well, your artwork about our beautiful planet will reach more people than a thick book filled with words. Words have their place, to be sure, but the visual can be even more powerful.
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? More carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has led to many changes, such as sea level rise, which threatens coastal communities, and rising global temperatures, which impact earth in many ways, for example:
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 http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ 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?
Planning began in September 2014. We began inviting schools in November 2014. In August 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 participants tab 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.
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, Chance Everette and Shae Tennhouse, Student Website Designers, Armstrong State University and Rachel Green, Professor of Art, Armstrong State University.
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