The biggest issue (or why we feel so powerless) of climate change is because of the abysmal distance between our little selves and the pressing questions of nature.
Household consumption is a major contributor to anthropogenic climate change. Studies suggest that residential sector energy consumption and personal transportation alone are responsible for 38% of U.S. emissions, while indirect emissions associated with consumption of food, water, goods, and services represent an even greater contribution. However, It seems difficult to see the connection between an expired canned tomato source and the rise of temperature. For most of us, the trash bin is the end of consumption circle. It takes us away from the great responsibility of ecology crises.
Commissioned by the City of Somerville, MA for its annual ArtBeat Festival, I want to bridge this “total disconnect” by creating an oversize imaginary deadly virus at Davis Square. I hope to use this opportunity to raise people’s (in all generations) thoughts and feelings that would be necessary to prepare us to handle the climate crises.
The inspiration comes from the fact that artificial warming brings the dormant ancient viruses under the cold, airless and dark permafrost soils and icebergs and bacteria back to life. It's no secret that climate change can spread illnesses such as West Nile virus, Zika, and malaria. The melting permafrost soils are releasing ancient viruses that would possibly cause rare illness or other infectious agents unleashed. The link between households and carbon emissions has a straightforward effect on human bodies.