Tuesday, July 3, 2018

EcoArtists: Reconnecting People to the Beauty of Nature

In early June my friend Aleta Karstad was recognized for her conservation efforts through art, as a recent recipient of the “Robert Bateman Award” from the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF). This award recognizes people who furthers the appreciation for Canada’s wildlife and habitats through artistic expression. 

People make the difference. In "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate" by Naomi Klein one message is that real change must start with the grass roots people. People like Aleta are the real leaders. Politics and business are much too involved in self promotion and power to lead the way. History reveals this to be only too true. I tiny percentage of the wealth amassed by these groups could solve the environmental woes.
I attended the recent Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) Conference in Halifax in June and shared these thoughts with another friend and the editor for CMOS. Here is the result of those conversations. 

In early August Aleta and I and a dozen or more other artists will be back on the Dumoine with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) as part of DRAW 2018. Maybe we can make a difference. Here is the plein air art that I completed as part of DRAW 2017. 

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