Life force

July 4, 2020

For the past few months I have found it difficult to post anything here because I have been processing the tragic events in the world, as has everyone.

The death and devastation caused by the Covid 19 pandemic combined with many governments poor response leaves me feeling that the chances of these governments acting as they pledged to eliminate carbon emissions to bring global warming below 1.5 degrees are very slim.

We are lucky that the New Zealand government acted swiftly and decisively supported by our population of 5 million people to eliminate the pandemic within our island borders.

Now there has never been a better time to redesign the worlds economy in favour of the health and wellbeing of people and the planet rather than GDP and the economic wealth of a few shareholders in corporations.

This calls for a systemic ecological approach to redesigning the economy and civilisation before it unravels completely as we have been warned by 15000 of the worlds top scientists.

There are many movements collaborating to articulate this new story of an ecological civilisation. From the Circular Economy, Doughnut Economics, Drawdown, Institute for Ecological Civilisation, Forum for the future to Extinction Rebellion.

I support these movements by making ephemeral art that I hope encapsulates the ecological values we need to adopt for the survival and flourishing of life on earth.

Life force. Ice sculpture, Wanaka 2020 Martin Hill