New Exhibition Climate KAOS coming to Kingston Museum Art Gallery | Friday 10 September 2021 – Saturday 26 March 2022
The International Panel on Climate Change, the world’s leading authority on climate science, published a report on 8 August stating that ‘It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land.’ Heating the planet has caused rapid climate change, including floods, droughts and heatwaves. Polar ice and glaciers are melting and sea levels are rising.
John Kerry, special envoy to US president Joe Biden, summed up the opinion of many, saying:
The world must come together before the ability to limit global warming to 1.5C is out of reach …
Kingston is one of more than 900 local governments from 18 countries which have declared a Climate Emergency. Kingston Museum’s forthcoming exhibition gives a voice to 30 artists from local group KAOS (Kingston Artists Open Studios) to reflect on this situation through their artworks. They consider the impact of people on the planet, both locally and globally.
Events will be scheduled during the exhibition’s duration to allow people to get up close and appreciate the borough’s biodiversity and to open up debates around contributing to making the borough carbon neutral by 2038. Council initiatives include investment in cycle lanes, the rollout of dockless and e-bikes, installing more electric vehicle charging points and the commitment to plant 2,000 extra trees in the borough by 2022.