Project: Despite their conviction of a looming climate crisis, optimism prevails for the artists who promote adaptation to climate change.
It is commonly noted that global warming melts glaciers, intensifies storm systems, raises sea levels, causes pandemics of diseases, acidifies oceans, causes food insecurity, and forces mass migrations. Possible responses include giving up and accepting this dismal fate; determined efforts to reverse this course; and adaptation to the new conditions. All four artists in this section have aligned with the adaptive approach to global warming.
Project: Despite their conviction of a looming climate crisis, optimism prevails for the artists who promote adaptation to climate change. They share the confidence Al Gore expressed when he stated, “The good news is, we have everything we need now to respond to the challenge of global warming.” Select one of the projects discussed in this section and increase its adaptation potential by lowering its cost, or increasing its efficiency, or expanding its impact, or increasing its applications, etc.
Research / Discussion: The merits of the art works discussed in this section can be evaluated according to such traditional art criteria as skill, inspiration, and originality. However, their value can also be assessed by considering the feasibility of the adaptation scheme it proposes. Suppose Fernando Garcia Dory, Helen and Newton Harrison, Simon Starling, and Tavares Strachan asked you to invest in their art projects, but you only had the means to support one. Conduct an informal cost-benefit analysis to determine which project promises to maximize the positive impact and minimize the financial and environmental costs of carrying out the adaptation. Which project do you choose as your investment? Explain why.