Art Edition 5: Day 4 – Interview with Selva Ozelli, International Tax Lawyer, Artist, Author

Selva Ozelli, International Tax Expert and environmentalist

Selva Ozelli is an environmentalist and expresses this sentiment as an artist, author and lawyer.  In her Art in the Time of Corona – Recovery Roses series of art shows Selva, an award winning artist, explores whether Climate Change caused by carbon emissions might be one reason for such a terrible global COVID-19 pandemic scenario. Her series of art shows have been published in the 2021 United Nations Guide  as well as exhibited at numerous United Nations Conferences, Museums and NGOs. We present her interview below.

What are you working on now?

Since Art Edition 4 past June, I launched 3 new art shows.  Art in the Time of Corona 6, 7, 8 – Recovery Roses.  These art shows are on exhibit throughout November in conferences such as:

United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) (Nov 1-12), CIMUSET CONFERENCE (Nov 7-11), the World Science Week (Nov 7-14) where my work can seen here, and the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (Nov 18-24).

Art in the Time of Corona 6 – Recovery Roses

How has this year been so far, what worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

During the second half of this year,  I was a finalist and received a Consolation Prize at the 2021 Plastic Free July The Zero Waste Art Contest hosted by Boulder County Resource Conservation Division  for my Art in the Time of Corona art show.  This was very special to me, as I went to law school at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

I  also exhibited my 9 solo art shows  in three times as  many UN conferences around the world compared to the first half of the year.  For example, during September alone, I held 17 art shows including at Climate Week New York.  A list of my art shows can be found at:

Art in the Time of Corona 7 – Recovery Roses

What do you hope to express in your latest “Art in the Time of Corona 6, 7 & 8” series of digital art shows?

In my Art in the Time of Corona series, I explored whether Climate Change caused by carbon emissions might be one reason for such a terrible global COVID-19 pandemic scenario.  

In my # 6 art show, which is part of my Net Zero art show, I painted fire recovery roses to memorialize the unprecedented wild fire season in Turkey this past summer as a result of climate change.  According to a new study by researchers at Harvard have found that short-term exposure to pollution from the record-breaking wildfires in the US last year, may have made the pandemic’s health impact worse by increasing Covid-19 cases and related deaths by thousands. 

In my #7 art show, underlining that people worldwide should not live-in constant fear of COVID-19, I  painted a portrait of  Dr. Ugur Sahin the CEO of BioNTech, which helped develop one of the major vaccines against COVID-19, (as I had included a portrait of his wife Dr. Ozlem Tureci in my #4 art show) alongside pink and purple  roses  symbolic of the recovery from the pandemic.  BioNTech co-founders Dr. Ugur Sahin and  Özlem Türeci indicated that the virus is here to stay for a couple more years but that the novel coronavirus has “begun to become controllable.”  And Biontech is keeping a watchful eye on the new variants of the virus and new strains that will also develop over time.

In my #8 art show, I focused on space solar power as a follow on to my article Is Solar Power Adoption Hindered by an Inadequate Global Environmental Tax Policy? 

Currently, six of the highest CO2 emitting countries China, the US, EU, India, Russia, and Japan in the world, are investing and developing Solar Power Satellite (SPS) systems to produce clean energy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year without the atmospheric, day/night light interference.  And based on a new study from the Frazer-Nash Consultancy, on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the UK, which has left the EU, maybe joining this list as a feasible solution to cutting the country’s carbon footprint.

SPS is the collection of solar energy in space and its wireless transmission for use on Earth or other bodies.  The growth of the global SPS market has been propelled by the implementation of strict government regulations concerning environmental pollution and a rise in investment in sustainable power generation.  

Currently,  China is taking the lead in SPS by building the Bishan space solar energy station in the southwestern city of Chongqing. It is expected to begin tests by the end of the year to build on experiments in beaming energy over vast distances.

According to a report published by Allied Market Research, the global space-based solar power market garnered $425.7 million in 2020 and is projected to reach $902.2 million by 2030.  $100 million of this funding came from a single source, billionaire Donald Bren and his wife, to the California Institute of Technology to help make space-based solar photovoltaic power from orbit a reality. The laser transmitting solar satellite segment contributed to the largest market share in 2020, contributing to more than half of the total share, and is expected to maintain the lead throughout the forecast period.   

Dr. Paul Jaffe, an electronics engineer who has investigated SPS systems for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), has summarized his recent space solar power beaming experiments in a report which concludes that power beaming offers a range of benefits for space applications to address a wide range of distances.  But,

“so far, there has not been a power beaming demonstration in orbit spanning > 1 meter with > 1% end-to-end efficiency.  Therefore, creating a power beaming link that exceeds these modest thresholds is the logical next step in SPS technology.  Because implementing SPS might result in a clean, constant, and globally distributable energy supply — unmatched by any earth-bound source” he explained.  “Anything we can do to wean away from coal and fossil fuels is a step in the right direction,” he added.  Nevertheless, he cautions  “For space solar to work, it will almost certainly need to offer some compelling advantage in a given application before it can compete on cost. There are several segments involved: launch, manufacture of the space and ground portions, and the industries associated with each. The logistics will be challenging.”

Art in the  Time of Corona 8 – Space Solar Recovery Roses

What are your plans for the future?

I became an ambassador to Oceanic Global. In good health, I hope to continue making climate change themed art work focusing on the sea, which has been impacted by climate change related mucilage in Turkey this year and exhibit them at new events.

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

You can find me on TwitterInstagramFacebook, and Talenthouse. You can also look me up at the 2021 United Nations General Assembly Guide

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