Climate change is the most important issue the world is facing today. It addresses not only the matter of humanities survival, but the soul of our well being and our connection to each other and the planet.
Over the course of one year you’ll receive one postcard a week featuring a rage of diverse real people who share one thing in common: they care about the fate of our planet
Hopefully the photos and quotes from the individuals included on the back will delight you, and drive you to create rapid meaningful change
You’re in a position of power and responsibility to listen to those around you. This projects intention is to make one thing loud and clear: We all care about climate change."
"We have to make a big shift in the ways we live to address climate change. What we're doing right now... It's kind of laughable actually."
“I care about it from a selfish perspective. It’s easier to invade when the seasons are stable.”
I’ve worked on all the big oil rigs down in Mexico. But I’m always on the safety side, preventing disaster. I figure if we need planes and drive cars we’re going to need the fuel from somewhere. But people start getting greedy and demanding more. It’s about balance. I’m a vegan. I drive a car smaller than my means can afford.
My mother passed away this December. Close before that she had a stroke. When I went to see her after that, she said:
“Holy men have gone. Kings have gone. Who am I?”
We’re only here for a short time. While we’re here we shouldn’t try to be the center of everything.
"Our whole planet is fucking dying. Sometimes I feel so small. There's so much I want to change."
"We both come from island counties originally, and they're going under water."
“The planet will heal itself. We’re going to go first. All we are are just evolved animals. People forget that.”
“How old are you?”
“Three and a half.” “And what kind of world do you want to live in when you grow up?”
“The storms and the weather were getting now...it’s crazy.”
"I went to the children in nature netwrok conference recently. It's all about connecting people to the planet."
“It all depends on what kind of world you want to live in. Do you just want to just subsist or do you want to live in a world that awes you and you can have fun in?”
“We’re going to mess up this world on a massive scale and lose everything we have.”
“When I think about what parasites we are on the earth, and the scope of the problem it’s overwhelming. Then there’s the people that say it’s too far gone to make a difference. That gives me anxiety at night.”
Extreme weather events such as flooding, fire, and severe heat can cause and exacerbate mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
“It’s very scary, how unpredictable it is...not knowing where we’ll be able to travel to and live in the future.”
“I think governments in general think very short term. They only care about their power and immediate goals. I wish they’d focus on long terms issues like this more.”
“Why do you care about climate change?” “It seems like the right thing to do.”
According to the latest UN report on climate change, world leaders "have a moral obligation to act" on climate change. The report says we have only a dozen years to take drastic action towards solutions and even half a degree of warming will cause extreme heat affecting hundreds of millions of people and decimating aquatic life.
“This is where we live now, and I think we have to look after it.”
"If you created a drink based on climate change, what would you call it?" "Oh man, that's hard... I'll go with the iceberg slip."
“If the planet is destroyed what’s left to bring beauty into the world? Besides us of course.”
“What’s your favourite part of being outside?”
“Because it’s fun and we get to run!...and that rhymes!”
A study featuring 900 elementary schools in Massachusetts found that children with natural green areas to play with scored higher on standardized tests than kids without; even with socioeconomic factors controlled.
“I wish there was more thought put into development, instead of just draining a marshland and putting up a condo. Things are laid out like they are for a reason!”
Tim Beatly, a sustainable city researcher and author advocates for somethig he calls "Biophilic Cites" which "learn from nature and emulates natural systems, incorporates natural forms and images into its buildings and cityscapes, and designs and plans in conjunction with nature."
“I study psychology and we’re learning about why some people might not believe something, despite overwhelming evidence; like with climate change. It’s basically because people develop these schemas, and it creates inner discomfort when the world is showing the a different reality. The only way to ease the discomfort is to accept the facts, or to hang onto beliefs by trying to find flaws in the argument. People usually find it easier to hang onto beliefs.”
“Why do you care about protecting the environment?”
“Well, we need to leave something for our children.”
“Do you have any Children?”
“What about your dog?”
“Ever since I had kids I’ve cared a lot more too. I think the government plays a lot on fears, especially economic. Like, if we don’t build a pipeline we’ll lose this many jobs. But that’s short term. That’s why I wrote citizen instead of what I do for work. In the economy my job might matter, but as a parent and as a citizen I’m willing to make that sacrifice.”
"We come from a country that doesn't care about those things. That's one of the reasons I wanted to immigrate here. This, climate change, changes evreything. It affects evereyone. It doesn't matter if you're rich or poor."
80% of people that live in extreme poverty rely on agriculture to survive. Climate change threatens the livelihoods of these individuals forcing them to migrate to cities and towns worldwide. Blair Feltmate, a climate scientist at the University of Waterloo, says that Canada will face millions of climate refugees in the not too distant future.
“We have to make some changes together as a society, to make this environment livable for all of us.”
“It’s beautiful here! I’ve lived here for 48 years, but now the weather is crazy. It’s April but still winter. We have to wait till March for spring.”
According to a report by the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium By 2050, shorter winters will mean more insects to havoc on produce in BC, days over 25 degrees Celsius in the lower mainland will double, and flooding costs on the are projected to cost 32.7 Billion dollars.
“It’s going to get to a point when we realize we can’t eat money. That’s the thing about places some people call “Third World Countries”, they just have a different way of living that’s closer to the earth. That’s why I want to get out of here and go back to Egypt. My relatives have an organic farm there, where I’d like to go work and just live.”
“This isn’t the Vancouver I remember. It used to be warm with longer summers. Now it’s unpredictable. Art can make a difference especially if it’s interactive. It can spread awareness through photos or videos. That alone is more powerful than words.”
“The reason we care is just for this: the future generations. It’s terrible drought, fire, lack of food. I’d like to see a strong reduction in emissions.”
According to the Pembina Institute, a Canadian think tank on energy policy, Canada’s average education of total emissions was only one megaton a year for the last five years. At the pace, we won’t achieve the Paris Agreement Target for 2030 until 2209. Simply put: We’re headed in the right direction, just at the at the wrong rate.
"Why do I care? Well... I guess I don't want us to die in 50 years. This is a issue that doesn't have too much funding, but Canada is doing arlight I guess. It changes. That's it."
Fact: CAT, Climate Action Tracker, is an independent research body which ranks countries based their progress towards keeping the world's warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius. Canada’s current rating is: “Highly insufficient.”
“The hotter it is, the less black we can wear.”
“You can use coding to make apps that get people more involved, and caring about climate change.” This individual is creating an app to help change makes connect called Linkthegap
“I’m actually really into sustainable travel. When I went to Cuba I made sure to stay locally, eat what they ate and live how the lived. I tried to really respect the land I was on.”
Aging Rock Star
“If there was a rock song written about climate change what would it be called?”
“I already wrote one
I’ll save the earth tomorrow, play golf today.”
|F||16||“It's our eath."|
More than half the worlds species in highly sensitive areas are at risk of disappearing forever because of climate change. Over 140,000 species live in Canada. In BC, Salmon are particularly vulnerable to temperature, and even one degree of warming makes the difference between a successful spawn, and a collapse of a keystone species for the forests, predators, and humanity’s economy.
Nuu Chah Nulth Sto:lo
“I feel like it’s kind of woven into my DNA. My mother always told me how we live on unceded land, so I feel like it belongs to me. So it kind of bugs me when the land is used for dirty projects without actually consulting an indigenous person. They consult chiefs and councils which are a colonial construct. We didn’t have that before colonialism, so it feels like they’re talking to themselves.”
“Well I care for my children of course.”
“I care for his sake.”
”I’m a science major. So I know about this stuff. 2025, that’s the year we’re supposed to be done with fossil fuels. 2040, that’s the year all the oceans of the world collapse unless people stop acting like they’re acting. I’m a doom and gloom guy myself, I think humans are well on their way to extinction by the end of the century, of course you can’t say that to people.”
"People don't really grasp it. We were talking about this the other day. Some guy went to Mexico, saw the pollution and announced that his restaurant was no longer selling straws. He’s being praised as a hero! I mean that’s great and all but this should just be the norm.”
Canadians use 57 million single-use straws each day. Each one will take 500 years to compose. Luckily several restaurants and private companies have banished the suckers for good.
“Have you heard about the great filter theory? Scientists are baffled that there are no traces of intelligent alien life, even though there should be based on the vastness and properties of the universe. This is where the great filter theory comes in. If a civilization evolves towards industry and greed at a rampant pace it will destroy its planet and therefore its self, and not leave a trace in the universe. Or the civilization can grow to become apart of the planet and because of that never need to leave its home and therefore never leave a trace. What path are we going down?
Humans are going towards the first road I think. “
“It won’t affect me, in twenty years I’ll be gone. I have them to worry about.”
“You should have seen the drawing my kid did for me. It’s in my office. Its this beautiful ocean with trees and it has oil running through it.”
“Because we’re unicorns!”
Q: If you were to make an art piece about climate change, what would it be?
A: “Something shocking... something people don’t want to look at but it’s there to see.”
"I'm really agianst this whole pipeline thing that's going on."
“Oh yeah, it’s good for your carbon footprint.”
By implementing a public bike share system, Vancouver will reduce emissions by a maximum of 1,210 tons a year.
"We’re all connected in the bio system, so yes it will affect everything."
In British Columbia, average sea level has risen along then coast, the average temperatures have risen 1.4 degrees Celsius and 3.1 degrees during winter night times. And from 1985 to 2005 the province lost 2525 km2 of glacier.
Indicators of Climate Change for British Columbia, 2016 Update
“I want my children to have beautiful places like this.”
“Does Climate change affect the bees?”
“Well... it affects everything doesn’t it?”
Because of climate change, pesticide use, and development threaten Canada's pollinators, namely the 800+ native species of bees we have and our butterflies. The Monarch butterfly's population has dropped 90% over the last two decades, and a quarter of North America's bumblebee species are at risk. Pollinators not only are essential for flowers and make our parks look pretty, but are responsible for one-third of everything we eat.
"It's hard to pillage seas when the levels are rising."
|5 Year Old||Summer||F||5|
"What's your favourite part of being outside?" "Evreything."
Playing outdoors has an abundance of benefits for kids, including getting vitamin D, reducing stress, increased attention levels, and even improved vision. A study featuring 900 elementary schools in Massachusetts found that children with natural green areas to play with scored higher on standardized tests than kids without. Even with socioeconomic factors controlled!
Queer Commie with aids
"We're here! Let's rise up! We have nothing to fear!"
Mother and Her Daughters
One year has passed since the first postcard was sent . Another 365 days of forest fires, drought, and sea level rise. Another 365 days of protest, dialogue, and action.
I don’t see Climate Change as a problem, I see it as an opportunity. It puts pressure on us to fight for what we all need, clean air, water and connection to people across the world and the world around us. Why not rise to the challenge? It’s a pretty exciting one.
Now that the project is over, I ask you to reflect on what you’ve done to make a difference thus far and what you’re going to do in the future.
I’m going to keep creatively fighting to move on from old habits in the past to a lighter, brighter future and I hope you’ll be right there with me. I also hope you’ll keep working with the citizens in your community who are asking for this climate revolution.
After all, if there’s anything 54 weeks of postcards have delivered, It’s the message: We all care about climate change.
It’s been an honour corresponding with you!
Here’s to a green and connected future, for the beautiful family on the front of this postcard, for you, for everyone.
All the best,