Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day 2017!

Happy Earth Day 2017!  In honor of this special day, The Sustainable Souls have created projects using our very own StencilGirl stencil, designed by our very own DeeDee Catron.  




Before we start, What is Earth Day?

(excerpt from www.earthday.org)

"Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.  

The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes from Harvard as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land. April 22, falling between Spring Break and Final Exams, was selected as the date.

On April 22,1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.

By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean AirClean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. “It was a gamble,” Gaylord recalled, “but it worked.”

Earth Day had reached into its current status as the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, and a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes.

Today, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more manifest every day. We invite you to be a part of Earth Day and help write many more chapters—struggles and victories—into the Earth Day book."

The focus for Earth Day 2017 is Enviromental and Climate Literacy.  What a beautiful marriage between The Sustainable Souls Project and Earth Day.

Here's more details on the 2017 campaign.
Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection.
Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs.
This Earth Day, gather with your community for an Environmental & Climate Literacy Teach-In or another project focused on education. We are launching Earth Day and Teach-In toolkits that will lay out the steps for holding a successful event. Register your event with us and we will support you with promotion and advice.

Are you ready for some art inspiration?
(Click names for links to the artist blog post) 



 Martha Richardson




Robyn Crowningshield




Tracy Krueger



Wanna support and help protect our planet?

Want your very own The Sustainable Soul Project Stencil?

You can't find these stencils at the StencilGirl Stencils store, you can only find them here.  They are very limited, so if you are interested, please let us know.

(Stencils are 9x12 and are $10USD plus shipping)  

Want to help in other ways?

Earth Day (dot) Org lets you 'Create Your Own Act of Green'.  

What a great way to share your support and to help in ways you are inspired to.

Be sure to check back later next week for our April theme and for more amazing artwork from our souls!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Rising Sea Levels/Melting Polar Ice Caps - The Sustainable Souls Project March 2017

Hello and Welcome to The Sustainable Souls Project March Post.
The Sustainable Souls Project is a monthly artist collaboration inspired by sustainability issues, concerns, ideas, and thoughts.  Each month, we will pick a sustainability topic and create awareness through art, using the monthly theme as inspiration.  Projects may include art-journaling, mixed media, assemblage and more.
The idea is to create awareness around Sustainability through art, one paint stroke at a time!  
We hope to educate, entertain, and share pretty things for both humans and the earth.
 

March's theme is a all about melting polar ice-caps and rising sea water.  As you read along, you will find that this month's theme is a critical issue and the effects of melting ice-sheets are triggering several tipping points located around the world.  These actions may be difficult to recover from.


Between 1906 and 2005, the average temperature at the Earth's surface increased by about 3/4 of a degree Celsius.  For the last half of the period, warming occurred at nearly twice the rate of the first half of the period.  The increase in sea levels is consistent with data showing rising temperatures at the surface of the Earth.  The Earth's oceans also show an increased  temperature due to the overall warming.

Before we begin, let's start with the definition of  melting:

The key words are: to become liquefied by warmth or heat....

The Guardian shares a great article that explains why an increase in surface temperature affects the polar ice caps and how this is triggering uncontrollable climate change.  They go on to say, "Arctic scientists have reported that the speed at which the northern ice cap is melting risks triggering 19 climate tipping points, with disastrous consequences. It could also affect ecosystems elsewhere on Earth, perhaps irreversibly. The Arctic Resilience Report says it is crucial to reduce greenhouse gas emissions".

Here's a short video that highlights the effects of melting polar ice-caps.


Most think of snow, ice-sheets, The Antarctica and The Artic when you talk about rising sea levels and climate change, but there is one population and entire country that will be displaced if the temperature in our oceans continues to rise.  It is one of the clearest injustices to climate change.

Here's a video you must watch about the Marshellese people from the Marshall Islands, a group of islands and atolls in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean.  They are and will continue to be directly affected by the increase in sea level and may lose their homes in the next few years.


We asked the Sustainable Souls to create, using this theme as an inspiration point and as a point to share how Rising Sea Levels and Melting Polar Ice-caps affects them.  I think you will be amazed at how each artist interpreted the theme and how they shared their message.

Let's see how 'Melting Polar Ice-Caps' was transformed into art.

(Click names for links to the artist blog post) 
Camille McCoy





Sydney Drake Hole-Huffaker




Tracy Krueger


What an incredible collection of art!  I personally love the unique characteristics of each piece and what Melting Polar Ice-Caps means to each person.  

Thank you to each and every artist who took time to create with us this month.  

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Extreme Weather - The Sustainable Souls Project February 2017

Hello and Welcome to The Sustainable Souls Project February Post.
The Sustainable Souls Project is a monthly artist collaboration inspired by sustainability issues, concerns, ideas, and thoughts.  Each month, we will pick a sustainability topic and create awareness through art, using the monthly theme as inspiration.  Projects may include art-journaling, mixed media, assemblage and more.

The idea is to create awareness around Sustainability through art, one paint stroke at a time! 
We hope to educate, entertain, and share pretty things for both humans and the earth.

February's theme is a theme that we have all witnessed and experienced in our lifetime: EXTREME WEATHER.  


Even as I write this blog post, we experienced tornadoes in February, in PA.  The temperature was in the mid 70's all week, and on Saturday, we had one of the worse thunderstorms I've ever experienced.  The wind and rain was so severe, water poured in around the edges of my front door, and seeped into my basement.  If we see weather this severe, it is usually in May-August, not in February when the temperatures should be in the 30's, with snow.  Extreme weather situations are becoming more of the norm in these times of Climate Change and Global Warming.

Before we begin, let's start with the definition of Extreme:

The key word in the definition is 'exceeding the ordinary, usual, or expected'.  Extreme weather is typically rare. But climate change is increasing the odds of more extreme weather events taking place.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explain extreme weather and it connectivity to Climate Change HERE.  Visually, here's how they explain extreme weather, using a bell curve graph.

David Suzuki, a notable Canadian scientist and environmental activist, sums up Extreme Weather with this quote.
"The increasing frequency of extreme weather events, droughts and floods is in line with what climate scientists have been predicting for decades - and evidence is mounting that what's happening is more severe than predicted, and will get far worse still if we fail to act."

We asked the Sustainable Souls to create, using this theme as an inspiration point and as a point to share how extreme weather affects them.  I think you will be amazed at how each artist interpreted the theme and how they shared their message.

Let's see how 'Extreme Weather' was transformed into art.

(Click names for links to the artist blog post) 
Camille McCoy

 

Karrie McClean Martin


Kristie Porters


Laura Roberts aka HastyPearl






Sydney Drake Hole-Huffaker




Tracy Krueger


What an incredible collection of art!  I personally love the unique characteristics of each piece and what Extreme Weather means to each person. 
Thank you to each and every artist who took time to create with us this month.  

We leave you with this video, that highlights extreme weather events during July 2016.



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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

We are all connected - The Sustainable Souls Project, January 2016

Hello and Welcome to The Sustainable Souls Project Inaugural Post.

The Sustainable Souls Project is a monthly artist collaboration inspired by sustainability issues, concerns, ideas, and thoughts.  Each month, we will pick a sustainability topic and create awareness through art, using the monthly theme as inspiration.  Projects may include art-journaling, mixed media, assemblage and more.

The idea is to create awareness around Sustainability through art, one paint stroke at a time! 
We hope to educate, entertain, and share pretty things for both humans and the earth.
 We kick off the year with a theme that encompasses the general, overall idea behind Sustainability; that we are all connected.  What happens in one part of the world, affects the other.  What one person does, affects others.  The death of one eco-system, affects many others, and so one....

Before we begin, let's start with the definition of Sustainability:

The key word in the definition is 'long-term'.  Things that are occurring now, have long-term affects, so immediate change is needed to stop the cycle of harm.

January's theme begins the year with the concept of connectivity.  Here's an excerpt from Elephant Journal, that explains our connectivity with one another and our environment, eloquently.
"All matter comes from one single source, namely the Big Bang, which means that everything in our physical world is inseparable. We maintain non-local ongoing communication with each other—as human beings in this case, but we can extend that to connection to all matter in the universe: animals, plants, rocks, bodies of water, even weather. Each individual can affect change in the world. We are not separate from one another. We’re more like cosmic siblings. This means that we have a great responsibility to each other and to ourselves."


We asked the Sustainable Souls to create, using this theme as an inspiration point and as a point to share what connectiveness means to them.  I think you will be amazed at how each artist interpreted the theme and how they shared their message.
Let's see how 'We are all Connected' was transformed into art.

(Click names for links to the artist blog post)
Camille McCoy


Christy Strickler



DeeDee Catron



DeLane Rosenau


Diana Gabriella


Fiona Paltridge


Heather Paris



Karrie McClean Martin



Kristie Porters



Kristie Taylor



Laura Mooney



Leslie Marsh



Martha Richardson



Melissa Johnson



Michele Kosciolek



Peggy Arden



Robyn Crowningshield



Susan Davison



Sydney Drake Hole-Huffaker



Tina Walker



Tracy Krueger

Occasionally, we will feature Guest Artists and Junior Artists.  This month, we have a special Junior Artist, Daniel Crowningshield.  Here's his interpretation of the theme.

Junior Artist - Daniel Crowningshield


What an incredible collection of art!  I personally love the unique characteristics of each piece and what Sustainability means to each person.  This year will definitely be full of learning, sharing, and supporting 'The Pale Blue Dot'.

Thank you to each and every artist who took time to create with us this month.  
I thank you!
Human-kind thanks you!
Future generations thank you!
 Planet Earth thanks you!

We leave you with a short video, highlighting Carl Sagan's eloquent dissertation of 'The Pale Blue Dot'.  Enjoy.




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