Well, here we are, Copernicus shows the world’s climate is 1.5ºC hotter than pre-industrial levels over a 12-month period for the first time, breaching the target set at the 2015 Paris Agreement.
In 2007 while working in @sundaytimesgraphics at The Sunday Times @thetimes I produced this diagram for @thestmagazine all about the climate emergency we were creating. It was to accompany an extract of the amazing book by @mark_lynas explaining what will happen to the planet as we warm it up degree by degree. It was sobering stuff to read and a tricky graphic to do to encapsulate it all. This diagram was one of a long line of environmental stories and graphics the newspaper published over the past thirty five years warning about the damage we were doing.
Working in The Sunday Times newsroom gave me the massive privilege of seeing reports and research into how we were overheating the environment which spurred me on to try and incorporate some of that information into my work as a painter today.
Now we are, sadly, where we are: experiencing record breaking temperatures and rapidly shrinking icecaps worldwide. These incredible events are still being reported in some sort of "Wow! What a summer we're having" way. If only my old employers would lead a siren call for instant action to tackle the emergency we're in. I'm sad to say that I feel it is already too late.
Here is Professor Kevin Anderson telling it to us straight:
Some new work beautifully framed by @pictureframes.uk
Well, we all need boundaries don't we……
Me, mumbling about trees, Multiplying Eye cider, snowdrops and temperate rainforests: https://thisisalfred.com/podcast/the-alfred-daily-28th-december-2023/
Many thanks, as always, to Keri at This is Alfred , our amazing local, volunteer-run radio station
Badly timed our driving into Windermere when a foot of snow fell. No choice but to leave the car and walk. Had to just let it go……Came back the next day to find it. Somewhere