When the going gets tough, the tough get going!
(cuando las cosas se ponen difíciles, los que poseen tenacidad se ponen en marcha)
(Origin attributed to various sources)
Planting creations, putting them in Nature's hands to develop, and waiting until they eventually disappear is the form of art chosen by Nils Udo, a german-born artist from Lauf an der Pegnitz, Germany. Since the 1960s, he has been creating this type of environmental art. Because of the ephemeral concept of his art, he uses photography as an integral part of his art, not only to document it but to also share it.
Entirely in tune with Udo’s art is Peter Gabriel’s “OVO” soundtrack to the Millenium Dome Show (a multimedia, Cirque du Soleil-esque show explicitly created for the year 2000 in the Millennium Dome. [WikiPedia]), telling the story of three generations of one family navigating through the three distinct eras of the Past, Present, and Future.
Nils Udo’s art fits perfectly with Gabriel’s vision of the new millennium as he seeks to offer us a mutualist vision where nature is the omnipresent backdrop. He aims to demonstrate the interrelation between human and natural history, between humanity as a whole and nature …. Relationships that are omnipresent, yet seldom recognized. A truly fascinating view on life in all its forms. Whether you like Gabriel’s music and Udo’s art or not, the concept is interesting, to say the least, and definitely worth a few minutes of your time.
As today is the day we remember Martin Luther King, it bears to stop for a moment, think a bit longer, and reach the conclusion that the man would turn in his grave were he seeing how and what the world of today has become. Remembering that march toward a dream, the march that is credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that march that preceded the Selma Voting Rights Movement which, in turn, led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That march …. The beginning of a dream.
Today, that dream is being shattered by a small group of people. Of course, they have always been there …. Except that this time they hold more than just resistance. Today, they are in power. We have left the Paris agreement, and if they get their way, there won’t be much dealing with greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance, anymore. Immigration and emigration are being restricted to the most wealthy; unrest is everywhere, and the world is either burning, flooding, or quaking. The thing is, climate change is not a new concept. It just takes but a quick glance at history to see that Earth's climate alternates between ice ages and greenhouse periods, during which there are no glaciers on the planet. So, no, those skeptics claiming that climate change is not something new are actually correct. It isn’t new. What is new is the human-caused acceleration of it. We must preserve that which we are borrowing, and we can only do this together.
Again, climate change is so much more than the raising or lowering of temperatures. It changes areas, displaces people, messes with finance …. I suggest you check out the websites below and get an idea of all it encompasses. A true eyeopener. I promise you. Let’s always remember that together we are so much stronger. So give it a go, get involved, and remember the 3Rs: remember, recycle, and reuse. It’s a start. Simple yet effective.
I wish you all a fantastic week. Love each other. Be kind, and be safe. Until next week peoples of the page.
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