Can climate scientists be sexy? Francesco Fiondella, Communications Officer at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, and Rebecca Fowler, Science Writer at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, think so. Fiondella and Fowler are working on a 2014 wall calendar, affectionately called the Climate Models Calendar, that will feature 13 climate scientistsâ€“but hereâ€™s the kickerâ€“dressed in high-fashion gear.Â Produced inÂ collaboration with photographers Charlie Naebeck and Jordan Matter, creator of the New York Times bestsellerÂ Dancers Among Us, the calendarâ€™s goal is to â€œhumanize science and increase understanding of current climate research.â€ Says Fowler: â€œPhotos in the calendar shatter stereotypes of scientists and show that theyâ€™re a diverse group of people doing important research to understand how our planet works. From studies of drought in the sub-Saharan Africa to reconstructions of Southeast Asiaâ€™s climate history using data obtained from tree rings, the information in the calendar covers a broad range of current climate science and describes what scientists are discovering about Earthâ€™s past, present and future climate.â€
Fiondella and Fowler just completed a successful crowd funding campaign to cover the calendarâ€™s printing costs. Climate Models is also supportedÂ by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Awesome NYC.
Artists and Climate Change is a blog by playwright Chantal Bilodeau that tracks artistic responses from all disciplines to the problem of climate change. It is both a study about what is being done, and a resource for anyone interested in the subject. Art has the power to reframe the conversation about our environmental crisis so it is inclusive, constructive, and conducive to action. Art can, and should, shape our values and behavior so we are better equipped to face the formidable challenge in front of us.
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