According to the 2019 report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we have until 2030 to reduce carbon emissions by 45% in order to meet our net zero carbon dioxide goal by 2050. Scientists say if we don’t meet this goal, we may experience global temperatures rising 1.5 degree Celsius or 34 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a critical time, a matter of life and death. Many around the world…plants, animals, people….are already suffering the effects and it will get worse.
As Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned his 2018 address at the United Nations, “There is no more time to waste.”
Having had friends in science and environmentalism for decades, Robert has been aware of drastic changes in the way humans live for a long time. The original painting “2030” is a before and after surrealist portrayal….his vision of our beautiful planet heavily impacted by climate change.
Original painting: “2030“ 30 x 40 Oil on canvas
Creating art showing a polluted Earth…one where animals like polar bears are suffering, starving and close to becoming extinct…is a difficult and unsettling process for Robert. However, he feels the need to create these works to help people to understand the importance of taking action now so our future generations won’t have to deal with the dire consequences.
Unfortunately, the suffering has already begun.
While we may not always be able to rely on our leaders in government to be a part of the plan to reduce our carbon footprint, you can make the choice to support those you believe will have our planet’s best interest in mind and are willing to make good choices and take serious action to protect it and us.
Here are a few links to articles with great tips on how you as an individual can be a part of the solution. Many are simple things you can start doing today. Please lend a hand to protect our planet. Every bit counts!