The 5 #CreateArtForEarth Images Inspiring Me Right Now

by Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda shares some of her favorite images from #CreateArtForEarth, a global creative response to the climate crisis and the pandemic afflicting us.

When my friend Judy Chicago asked me to join her new project calling for creative responses to the ecological crisis, I knew I had to help.

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, humankind is at an existential crossroad: We can get through the health crisis and return to normal or we can realize that ‘normal’ was the problem and choose a better path.

That is why we are inviting people everywhere, including you, to participate in a global art project to offer an alternative vision to “normal,” one that honors the planet and all living creatures, one that promotes equity and justice for all, one that offers hope in a world that is on the wrong track.

The response has been amazing. We launched #CreateArtForEarth just before Earth Day and more than 6000 posts have used the hashtag on instagram. We’re going to keep going, keep pushing for creative visions, but I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you so far.

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"Child's Prayer" 60" X 48" Oil on wood panel My son posed for this painting and the land was the view from the back door of our adobe house on the edge of the Carson National Forest in Abiquiu, New Mexico. An article in the Albuquerque Journal 2006 by Dottie Indyke said "Marsh is best known for her hyper realistic portraits of people captured in moments of emotional angst, paintings that convey her belief that humans evolve by facing their pain and suffering. With the birth of her son, Marsh's focus has shifted. Her thoughts have turned to the state of the environment and what will be left of planet earth to pass on to the next generation." #earthdayeveryday #americanart #bamthegram #americancontemporaryart #contemporarypainting #contemporaryrealism #figurativepainting #figurativeart #figurative #representationalart #representationalpainting #artoftheday #painting #americanartist #pienture #kunst #arte #pintura #retrato #earthday #earthday2020 #supportwomenartists #CreateArtForEarth @judy.chicago @janefonda

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I love “Child’s Prayer” by Diane Marsh. It makes me think of the young climate strikers fighting for a livable future. They are the ones who inspired me to launch Fire Drill Fridays and do everything I can for climate justice.

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Low Lying Island. Plastic bag, twine, and acrylic on canvas. 24×24”. |||| 🏝 Plastic is connected to climate change and it is polluted at every stage: from materials extraction to product production to waste disposal (@5gyres). And, as we know climate change is affecting the fate of low lying islands in the extreme. He island nation the of The Maldives is at the highest risk of becoming fully submerged by 2100. The climate emergency is very real, and our consumer habits are contributing every day. I created this piece as a meditation on this truth. . . . . . . . #createartforearth @judy.chicago @swoonhq @janefonda #climateemergency #environmentalart #mixedmediaart #contemporaryabstract #abstracted #artcurators #artforchange #contemporarypainting #themaldives #texturedpainting #foundmaterials #sustainableart #ecodesign #new_and_abstract #primer_contemporary @climactic_mag #create_mag #thecuratormag #emergingartist #newamericanpaintings @climate_art_project

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“Low Lying Island” by Laura Mychal wonderfully captures the polluting industries locking us into the status quo.

Normal has meant the Arctic ice melting, oceans warming, massive wildfires; extreme weather events, the extinction of billions of living creatures, governments and banks continuing to support and subsidize the fossil fuel industry, the very industry which is behind most of these climate emergencies. We can’t let that continue.

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"Why do you have to bring up race? We're all humans on this planet trying to protect the planet." Well, for starters, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities are often located near polluting facilities and are more vulnerable to experiencing injustices. To understand environmental racism, we must look back at history and analyze the environmental movement in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. During this time, several members of the environmental movement were "dominated by the White middle class. It succeeded in building an impressive political base for environmental reform and regulatory relief" (Am J Pub Health). Because of the lack of representation in the environmental movements, it often overlooked marginalized low-income communities and their needs. – – The environmental justice movement of the 1980s and 1990s looked into reports that race and class determined if your community was near polluting industries. Famous activists like Hazel M Johnson (Mother of the EJ Movement) realized that her community was experiencing environmental injustices in the air and water quality. Through community-based participatory research, she was able to prove that the industries were causing detrimental health effects to her neighborhood. It's not only happening in the United States, but it's also happening in other countries where people have been either silenced or killed for speaking about injustices. To not acknowledge racism as "a potential contributor to disparities in health by race and ethnicity is to ignore -well-established social history" (Am J Pub Health). TLDR: I hope this helps people understand why race matters in environmental movements. – – #environmentalracism #environmentaljustice #climatestrike #climatestrikeonline #digitalstrike #earthday #earthmonth #earthday2020 #earthmonth2020 #sunrisemovement #climateaction #globalwarming #ecoeducator #extinctionrebellion #zerowastemovement #lowwastelifestyle #zerowastelifestyle #zerowasteuk #zerowasteitalia #ecoactivism #ecochic #ecoblog #ecoblogger #climatecrisis #climateactivist #zerohour #brownenvironmentalist #ecotips #queervegan #createartforearth

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Normal has meant that the poor, the vulnerable, and communities of color, have been targets of the oil industry’s pollution that makes them vulnerable to pandemics and extreme weather events, none of which they are responsible for.

This poster is also protest ready. Ready to be taken into the streets when we can safely move out of quarantine.

Lon Chan’s “Fight For Our Planet also seems protest ready. It speaks to the power of our vision and actions.

To close, I want to thank Emily Barns for her illustration and the whole big movement supporting Fire Drill Fridays. When we launched Fire Drill Fridays last fall we didn’t know it would work, I just knew I had to do something. But it could not be clearer, millions of people are fighting for a better future. Each and everyone of you makes this movement special.

Share your vision. Upload your creations to social media with the hashtag #CreateArtForEarth.

#CreateArtForEarth is a call for global creative response to the climate crisis and the pandemic afflicting us. It was initiated by artists Judy Chicago, Swoon, and Jane Fonda in partnership with in partnership with Fire Drill Fridays, Greenpeace, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and Serpentine Galleries, London.

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By Jane Fonda

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