As a recently declared double major in psychology and art with a concentration in photography, I want to use my art to promote social change. It just so happens that I am pursuing projects about the environment in both my photography class and my books arts class, specifically during this time when climate activism is constantly in the news. I consider my art to be my way of “striking,” of standing up for what I believe in.
My photography project explores the idea of human impact. I create images that capture how we as humans affect the natural world. Everything we do affects our world in many ways, which is evident from cigarette butts turning sidewalks green to air vents full of dead insects. I want to show this; every little thing we do has an impact that builds up to a larger issue like climate change. Big issues like climate change do not happen overnight, but every small, environmentally unsound thing that humans do contributes to them. Changing even the little things that I capture in my photos can make a positive impact.
For an assignment in my books arts class, I wrote the following poem that will make you think:
Our generation is destroying the environment
And I refuse to believe that
Our beautiful world can be saved
This may be surprising, but
The majesty of mountains, allure of oceans, and enchanting forests
That is a lie
Nature must die
In 30 years people will be told that
Our generation had its priorities straight because
Are more important than
(now read each line from bottom to top)
All my art promotes the same message: now is the time to wake up and fight for what you believe in when it comes to climate change and the environment! I urge you to appreciate the natural world and be more conscious of how you might be contributing to climate change. Be conscious of what’s happening and what science and the media are telling you about the environment. Our generation can either make a change, or we can make peace with the fact that the environment will take a turn for the worse. I try to promote these ideas with my artwork, and I look forward to continuing to work on my crafts and express myself.