This article is not directly art-related, but is about a hugely important topic related to the creative process: the impact of climate change on our psyches, especially those of young people who bear the greatest burden. Through art we express our emotions and reflect the emotional zeitgeist of our culture at large. Understanding how people feel about climate change is vital to creating art that connects with an audience on this topic.
“Today’s youth live with a different kind of dread. For the post-Cold War generation, the primary global threat comes not from action, but inaction. Last year, the American Association for the Advancement of Science warned that within a few decades, climate change will have “massively disruptive consequences to societies and ecosystems,” including widespread famines, lethal heat waves, more frequent and destructive natural disasters, and social unrest. Despite the litany of warnings like these, governments have utterly failed to take meaningful action.”
It’s almost enough to make you throw up your hands and say, what can I do? And yet…
“There’s a lot of people who feel like us. Anybody reading this article and feeling like this, they should know they’re not alone … everyone would rather be doing something than nothing… I will not do nothing.” – Mikelis Beitiks, 32, running for CA senate
“Let us sing as we go. May our struggles and our concern for this planet never take away the joy of our hope.” – Pope Francis