Art, Carbon and Tsunamis Converge at London Climate Action Week

By Selva Ozelli

According to scientific reports, earthquakesvolcanic eruptions, giant landslides and tsunamis become more frequent as global warming changes the Earth’s crust, swells sea levels, and triggers a repetitive cycle of severe natural disasters that cause extensive environmental and economic damage.

Recently, on October 30, 2020, a small Tsunami occurred on the coast of Izmir, Turkey and the Greek Island of Samos as a result of the 7.0 earthquake in the region.  This mini tsunami did not cause the degree of damage that the 9.1 Tohoku Tsunami of Japan in 2011 had caused as a result of its most powerful earthquake that incapacitated the Fukushima Nuclear reactor, thereby impacting Japan’s clean energy policy. [1]

Japan is the world’s sixth largest carbon emitter.  It has inadequate energy resources and imports 87.4% of its hydrocarbon energy. It is the world’s largest importer of liquefied natural gas and third-largest importer of oil and coal.  In a hopeful announcement ahead of  the World Tsunami Awareness Day, Japan became the first country to purchase blue ammonia from Saudi Arabia to produce carbon-free electricity, with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledging a cut in greenhouse-gas emissions to net zero by 2050. [2] 

Tsunami 3, 1, 2; Oil 25 x 35 cm, 90 x 90 cm, 30 x 30 cm; Canvas, by Selva Ozelli

With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, the significance of merging global efforts and ensuring global collaboration in addressing the world’s pollution problem prompted  World leaders to announce their decarbonization initiatives under two UN campaigns – (1) ‘Race To Zero’ and (2) ‘Maintaining a Low Carbon Development Path towards the 2030 Agenda in the Era of COVID-19’.

As part of the Race to Zero Campaign, which will be held digitally amid the second COVID-19 lockdown in the UK, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, explained:

“Last year we held London’s first ever Climate Action Week, bringing together climate expertise and talent from across the world. I’m proud to see that it’s back in 2020, despite the huge challenges posed by Coronavirus.  The climate emergency remains one of the biggest threats we face. As we recover from Covid-19, we can’t replace one health emergency with another – we need to come out of this crisis embracing a new normal which puts tackling the climate emergency at the heart of everything we do. With the delay to COP 26 we can’t lose the momentum on climate action, so I’m pleased to see that London organisations are leading the way, showing once again that the capital is a driving force for action nationally and globally.”

As for me, for the first time this year, I began expressing my thoughts and feelings on climate change and COVID-19 as an artist in 3 solo, 5 group digital art shows with 22 paintings that have been acknowledged in 10 international art contests. My award winning tsunami paintings that are included in my digital art shows [3] 1 & 4 will be on display at London Climate Action Week which takes place during Nov 14 – 22, 2020. [4] 

Solo Digital Art Shows

  1.  Art in the Time of Corona, Pinelo Art Gallery, London Climate Action Week Digital Event
  2.  Breathe Life,  Pinelo Art Gallery, London Climate Action Week Digital Event
  3.  Art in the Time of Corona 2, Pinelo Art Gallery, London Climate Action Week Digital Event

Group Digital Art Shows

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