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September 27, 2019

Documenting Climate Change in Pastel. ~ Zaria Forman

 

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I consider it my life’s mission to convey the urgency of climate change through my work.

I’ve traveled north to the Arctic to capture the unfolding story of polar melt, and south to the Equator to document the subsequent rising seas. Most recently, I visited the icy coast of Greenland and the low-lying islands of the Maldives, connecting two seemingly disparate but equally endangered parts of our planet.
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My drawings explore moments of transition, turbulence, and tranquility in the landscape, allowing viewers to emotionally connect with a place you might never have the chance to visit. I choose to convey the beauty as opposed to the devastation.
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If you can experience the sublimity of these landscapes, perhaps you’ll be inspired to protect and preserve them.
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[Adapted from Zaria’s TED Talk, which you can watch below]
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author: Zaria Forman

Image: Author's original artwork

Editor: Naomi Boshari