While walking around Copley Square recently, I saw all these globes lining the edge of a plaza. I figured it was an interesting piece of street art but it turns out they’re even more.
Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet is a “public art exhibition designed to raise awareness of solutions to climate change,” (About). Cool Globes began from the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005, became a non-profit organization in 2006, and has many public art exhibits, both nationally and internationally.
A message from Cool Globes Founder Wendy Abrams says, “I never considered myself an environmentalist. To me, an environmentalist was a guy in a raft protesting to save the whales as he drifted in the Pacific. But in 2001, that changed when I casually stumbled upon a Time magazine article about global warming, depicting potentially catastrophic consequences within the century. As a mother of four, this hit a nerve – the next century is my children’s lifetime. I was suddenly motivated to act and spent the next five years educating myself by joining environmental groups, attending conferences, meeting with scientists and becoming engaged in the political debate,” (About).
From a related website, Cool Kids sharing Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet, Liam Stuart posted, “The Cool Globes project––indeed this very exhibit––is proof positive that a little collaboration goes a long way. A true community effort, Cool Globes sprang to life nearly seven years ago thanks to the coming together of inspired artists and countless corporate, government, and non-profit organizations. Next time you find yourself asking, “What on earth can I do?” Remember, what is overwhelming for one, is rendered possible simply by individuals uniting together,” (Unite to Solve Problems Cool Globe).
I captured a very small sample of the Cool Globes public art exhibit in Boston but you can check out the rest here!