Exposure of the Ocean’s Truth
2018, Middle School, Art
Even with its vast capacity to absorb heat and carbon dioxide, the physical impacts of climate change on the ocean are now very clear and dramatic. The sun starts heating up the ocean with less land to live on and then the icebergs start to melt. Human activities have resulted in dramatically increased levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Then mass coral bleaching results in the starvation, shrinkage, and death of the corals that support the thousands of species that live on coral reefs. I chose to draw a turtle since they are one of the many species which use coral reefs, but the coral reefs have decreased in the years because of climate change. I only drew the bottom half of a person because it represent how carelessly we act as if we don’t think before our actions. I wanted the turtle to be the other half of the face as it is the result and it was ripping into pieces of trash. The iceberg in the background is another result of our acts as they start to melt which means less land for the animals to live on. To confront climate change, people everywhere must take part in practical, affordable solutions. We’re already seeing the effects of climate change, but thankfully, we are equipped with the most effective tool to mitigate and adapt to it: nature. Protecting nature today means a better planet for future generations.