Schools of Thought on Climate Change

2019
Lead artist, in collaboration with MAPC’s Public Health and Arts and Culture Team. Project Manager, Jeanette Pantoja, Public Health Planner II/

The art installation shared findings from focus groups recently completed with workers across farming, construction, fishing, and home healthcare about the role of climate change in their industry. Using materials from each industry, schools of fish represented workers’ efforts determination to thrive in the face of climate change. Their words in the bubbles above the fish shed light on how climate change is already impacting these workers and the actions they think are necessary to prevent, or prepare for, or adapt to climate impacts. This installation popped up at the Wake Up the Earth Festival, Cambridge River Festival, Boston Greenfest, the Greenovate Boston Racial Equity and Climate Roundtable, and the MAPC Clean Energy Forum. 

Thanks to the Harvest New England Conference, Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts, Red’s Best, and the 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers for their partnership in this project.

Koi fish symbolism is common in both Japanese and Chinese culture. They are often associated with ideas of determination and resilience in the face of adversity, given their ability to swim against currents and travel upstream. Using materials from each industry – farming, construction, fishing, and home healthcare – schools of koi-inspired fish represent workers’ efforts determination to thrive in the face of climate change. Viewers were invited to read their words in the bubbles overhead to gain insights into their perspectives and to learn how climate change is already impacting these workers and the actions they think are necessary to prepare and adapt. People were invited to share their own stories of resilience.

views on climate change board

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