Direct from Copenhagen, Denmark - 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference - (8 – 18 December '09)

Acting as the official High Tide COP15 envoy, distinguished ecological artist Aviva Rahmani will be immersing herself in the burgeoning eco-political activism in the city and sharing her experiences with us via this daily blog.

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Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Children & Global Warming; green mapping

COP15 emphasizes that children will be impacted more than any other group by climate change. Just watched an affecting international group of kids presenting their interpretations. Some have been to the Arctic as part of CapeFarewell. I cringe. I think of how the Hudson River School of Art introduced heavy industry to the pristine river in c.19.

Now watching greenmapping in Indonesia with Marco Kusumavijaya, Chair and Director of Jakarta Arts Council. It is hard for me to sort out my feelings about work that is essentially illustrative, no matter how well done. But he makes a connection to the politics of public space. Much of his work is educative, esp with children. What interests me most is when artists collaborate to catalyze new ideas and approaches that change things. But where do you draw a line to prioritize between introducing children to green city planning and solving global warming?

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