Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Art Framing Climate Issues

PostedJanuary 17, 2020

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Lead: A growing number of artists are creating works that pull people into thinking more about climate change…and the pros and cons of possible solutions.

Randy Atkins: Take geoengineering – the idea of purposely doing things like putting reflective particles in the atmosphere to help cool Earth or nutrients in the ocean to grow algae that suck up carbon dioxide. That’s the subject of Colin Lyon’s art.

Colin Lyons: I want to create work that makes people start to consider these, or at least be aware of these technologies to consider the risks.

Randy Atkins: Lyons, of Binghamton University, is working on projects that involve things like colorful bubbling chemical reactions and copies of congressional documents on climate modification written with invisible ink that, over the years, will…

Colin Lyons: …become visible as the urgency accelerates for considering these geoengineering proposals. You know, I’m dealing with a subject here which the vast majority of the public has no idea even exists, but is very much on the horizon.

Randy Atkins: With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.