Palo Alto, CA
2018, Middle School, Art
We have all heard about climate change and how global warming is affecting marine life, but living in California’s fresh air and beautiful weather seems to wash away the stories we hear about polar bears dying because of the drastically decreasing sea ice. My goal is to truly bring awareness to climate change, and more specifically, global warming with a combination of the stereotypical images we find such as melting icebergs and greenhouse gases, along with more relatable figures such as the polar bear from the Coca-Cola advertisement in the 2013 Super Bowl and Donald Trump’s tweets about global warming. In my artwork, there is a lone polar bear and its cub sitting on a small, melting iceberg looking at an old television displaying Trump and his tweets on global warming. He states that global warming is a “hoax” and that New York could use a “big fat dose of global warming” because of its record low temperatures. However, surrounding the polar bears are piles of trash that are emitting greenhouse gases which are melting down the few, remaining icebergs. My piece is titled “Lies” because it shows how we pretend that everything's alright because we are not directly affected by it, when in reality, it is our planet, our world, and the one chance we have at life.