Longtime DP readers (Hi mom!) will be familiar with the work of Franke James as I have featured it here on multiple occasions. Here are a few examples. Franke, a renowned artist and author of “Bothered by My Green Conscience,” has a bone to pick with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Here’s the story:
Problem: Canada’s Harper Government has blacklisted Franke James for speaking up for the environment and against dirty oil.
Franke’s European art show lost a major corporate sponsor due to government interference. She got turned down by Canadian Embassies abroad. On July 30th the show was cancelled. But Franke won’t be silenced. She sees that she is part of a growing club — “The Harper Blacklisted Club” filled with artists and scientists who want to tell the truth about the environment. We need to send a message to the Government of Canada now. Stop blacklisting Franke James — and stop silencing all environmental artists and scientists! Free speech is a basic right of a democratic country.
So here’s the fun part promised in the title. Deprived of the opportunity to share her are in Europe, Franke is now looking to take it to her capital in Ottawa. She’s using crowd funding to put together a package of billboards and posters which will inform the city’s residents of the issue. Want to learn more and get in on the action? (I did.) Click here to go to Franke’s crowd funding page.
While you’re here, you might want to check out yesterday’s post on the debt ceiling deal.
Grist.org, one of my favorite sites, posted “What Can one person do” today, the visual essay by Franke James which I highlighted here last week. To celebrate this great exposure, I thought I’d feature another of her works. Today’s selection is another visual essay. This one, centered around Eric Pooley’s “The Climate War,” seems a perfect lead in to tomorrow’s elections. I’ve posted the first several images here and there’s a link to the full essay at the end of this post.
Franke James asks the question, What Can One Person Do, When 6.8 Billion Are Frying The Planet?”
What is the answer you ask? For Franke, the answer was to put together an amazing set of graphics to educate and inspire. I have included the first few drawings below and a link at the end to go see the rest. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Many thanks to the good people at 350.org for sharing this on their facebook page!
Thanks for reading!
For those who don’t make the jump, check out this checklist from Franke’s site:
How can YOU take action? What’s YOUR plan?
1. DOES YOUR CITY HAVE A PLAN? Use Google to find out if your region has aMitigation and Adaptation Plan for climate change, like Toronto and New Yorkhave. (And if they don’t, then press your local politicians to develop one!)
2. MAKE YOUR OWN PLAN. Develop your own personal Mitigation and Adaptation Plan. There are many actions each of us can take to protect ourselves and our property from floods, heat waves, power shortages, water shortages… etc. See the Resources below for ideas such as this one from the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction: Handbook for Reducing Basement Flooding.
3. TAP INTO ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORKS: Get the ball rolling by participating in environmental action, or financially supporting, these environmental organizations and others: