What’s Next for Earth: Depletion Art Call

Michele Guieu | April 5, 2021 | Leave a Comment

You are invited to participate in @WhatsNextForEarth’s art call “DEPLETION” open until April 30th, 2021. What’s Next for Earth is a participative art project based on Instagram that invites the community to respond to a monthly topic, reflecting on the human predicament. A selection of the contributions are published on the MAHB Arts Community Page.

The Art Call

In 2021, What’s Next for Earth proposes to go through The Post Carbon Institute’s FREE online course THINK RESILIENCE, one lesson at a time. Please sign up at education.resilience.org (it’s easy!).
– Please watch the introductory video (lesson 1, 5 min)
– Energy, (lesson 2, 12 min)
– Population and Consumption (lesson 3, 12 min).
– Depletion (lesson 4, 12 min)

Planet Earth will never be larger than it is now. Every single thing the machines working for us make (from a plate to a cellphone, a house, or a highway) comes from resources taken somewhere on our planet. Resources are either extracted or harvested. The amount of non-renewable resources, like fossil fuels or minerals, is finite. We are using renewable resources (like trees or fish) at an unsustainable rate. The biosphere cannot replenish them fast enough. Planet limits are real, but we are in the process of using more and more resources of all kinds. 

Think Resilience Course

"Acting without this understanding is like putting a bandage on a life-threatening injury."

Think Resilience is hosted by Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s leading experts on the urgency and challenges of moving society away from fossil fuels.

We live in a time of tremendous political, environmental, and economic upheaval. What should we do?

Think Resilience is an online course offered by Post Carbon Institute to help you get started on doing something. It features twenty-two video lectures—about four hours total—by Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s foremost experts on the urgency and challenges of transitioning society away from fossil fuels. Think Resilience is rooted in Post Carbon Institute’s years of work in energy literacy and community resilience. It packs a lot of information into four hours, and by the end of the course you’ll have good start on two important skills:

1. How to make sense of the complex challenges society now faces. What are the underlying, systemic forces at play? What brought us to this place? Acting without this understanding is like putting a bandage on a life-threatening injury.

2. How to build community resilience. While we must also act in our individual lives and as national and global citizens, building the resilience of our communities is an essential response to the 21st century’s multiple sustainability crises.

How to participate in the Art Call

1. Create your piece using any format/technique you wish. 

2. Post it on your Instagram page. Include a description of your piece in your photo’s caption: title, technique, and size, the relationship with the theme. 

Copy and paste all these tags at the end of your description:

#Depletion #artcall
@WhatsNextForEarth
@mahbglobal
@postcarboninstitute
#extractionart
#mahbstanfordarts
#WhatsNextForEarth
#ecoart
#artactivism
#humanpredicament
#mahbartscommunity
#anthropocene
#climateemergency
#climatechange

Follow What’s Next for Earth on Instagram!
Next for Earth is a project created in April 2020 by Michele Guieu, ecoartist, art educator, and MAHB Arts Community Coordinator. If you have any questions about the project or this art call, please send a message to michele@mahbonline.org

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