Arts and the environment may seem an odd match at first glance. But is it? To the contrary, the broad appeal of arts makes it as close to a silver bullet in environmental conservation efforts as we can ever have. From street graffiti to music and artefacts auctions, art has a wide array of entry points to environmental concerns. This blog takes you through how creativity can be harnessed towards these goals.
Mass Education and Awareness
Due to its broad appeal, art is a potent weapon for educating people on the diverse aspects of the environment. Environmental degradation is rampant, and human activity is cited as the leading cause of it. Art, such as music, could be used to educate the masses on the effects of their actions on the planet. Climate change sceptics who cast doubt about the shifting weather patterns could be better convinced through arts than scientific journals or policy documents. In a nutshell, arts help to raise awareness on environmental issues and so help people take necessary precautions.
Arts have a unique capacity to raise funds for worthy causes. The environment is one such case. Funds can be raised in various ways. For instance, through the sale of artefacts in art auctions, money raised could be directed to afforestation efforts, stream rehabilitation or address pressing environmental concerns. Arts also have the potential of attracting sponsorships from individuals, corporates and philanthropists to fund environmental and sustainability activities.
Whistleblowing and Activism
To bring to the attention of policymakers and the public, arts, through whistleblowing and activism, may shift the agenda towards a better environmental policy. Arts could also demand action on a festering ecological problem. For instance, arts have been applied by activists to demand decisive action on world leaders during the United Nations General assembly or at the G8 summits.