Interconnected Online Exhibition
- Kathryn Howard
- Ivan Sigg
- Michele Guieu
Tideline as Timeline: San Mateo
- Christina Conklin
- Silvia Cored
- Laurence Malherbe
Spread Love (detail)
- Addy Lyon
- Quin de la Mer
Everything is connected
Rearview (100 Astronauts), detail
- Priyanka Rana
Otafuku, the Japanese goddess of Mirth
- Pascale Rousseau
We have created an extremely globalized world where people and goods travel intensively, enabling Covid-19 to quickly spread and alter the human experience across the globe. The world stood still, and we realized how much we need the people who take care of our health, our food, and how much we value the connection with those around us. Being unable to spend time with friends, family and community has made us ponder the importance of our connections. We’ve learned the immense value of a simple touch, a smile, or a hug. We are learning the importance of our relationships and the interconnectedness we have across the globe.
The world is facing a poly-crisis, in which climate change is a monumental challenge. We already see its consequences all around the globe. Hurricanes intensify, forests burn, ice caps are melting, the ocean is acidifying, biodiversity is in free fall, inequalities are growing. By over-using the natural world and consuming nature’s resources as if they were unlimited and creating exponential pollution and waste, we are cutting the very branch we are sitting on.
The story we are told: consume more to be happier, is incompatible with living in harmony with our planet. Even if we could switch to renewable energy easily, it would not solve the fundamental problem we have: our entire system is based on economic growth. And economic growth is the measure of the destruction of nature.
But other stories are possible, stories where communities interconnect with the natural world in a respectful way, sharing Earth resources and space with other species. A world where humans do not take over every single wild space on this small planet. Understanding our vital interconnections with the natural world will make us understand why we need to limit ourselves to maintain a livable planet.