QUEENS — The earth is warming up faster than scientists predicted, and scientists warn glaciers are expected to disappear within the next 200 years.
CO2 is a greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere, warming up the globe.
“We were hoping that this memorial may survive as a prototype for other communities around the world who are interested in finding ways to come to terms emotionally and intellectually with the loss of glaciers as with climate change more generally,” said anthrology professor Dominic Boyer at Rice University. “We do hope that this idea, quirky as it is, of creating a memorial to a fallen glacier, is something that other people use as inspiration in their communities as well.”
The global problem of climate change was front and center in a New York photo exhibit at the Queens Library in Woodside.
The exhibit showcases Filipino migrants, and the things they do to care for and protect the environment.
The Philippines is among five countries most affected by climate change within a 20-year period, according to the Global Climate risk index in 2019.
Community artist and climate protection advocate Cecilia Lim said that rising water temperatures surrounding the islands create deadly storms and typhoons that have ravaged the Philippines in the last several years – putting the Philippines on the map of the most impacted by the climate crisis.
“I’m not prepared today to say this is how we’ll solve climate crisis, but I know that if we get together, think together, and support each other, to use our minds, and come up with the solution, then we can create change,” said Cecilia Lim, one of the community artists and a climate protection advocate.
Lim said unnatural disasters in the Philippines are also caused by massive deforestation and mining – practices that were aggressively addressed by the late Gina Lopez when was denied appointment to the philippine department of environment and natural resources secretary position in 2017.
“She certainly played an important role, we need to take a moment to grieve her loss and then be inspired by what she was able to do — take that inspiration and continue what she started and the work she was doing.”
Lim hopes that through her art — today’s youth will truly understand the impacts of climate change, and will be moved to take on leadership roles to help solve the crisis — before it’s too late.