This painting is a recent abstract, acrylic on Canvas. It is 20″ x 24″ and is titled “500 ppm“. The “ppm” stands for parts per million. It is the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere that would be a serious milestone (in a negative way) in our knowledge of climate change. Climate change is driven by CO2 in the atmosphere that comes from human-caused fossil fuel emissions, deforestation, and some small contributions by nature such as volcano. The majority of CO2 additions to the atmosphere these days is the human-caused kind. This painting symbolizes the intense atmospheric conditions that may be happening if we reach the milestone of “500 ppm”. Currently, we are at about 404 ppm worldwide, the highest the CO2 has been in the atmosphere for about 2 million years.
If you want to know more about CO2 in the atmosphere and why it’s so important, there are many scientific articles online. A good place to start for more information about the specific numbers is the website 350.org, which was founded several years ago by Bill McKibbon. It’s a complicated topic for many, but the website does a good job of explaining how serious the situation is and how the problem is growing.
500 PPM will make its public debut at the Marietta Art Market in Marietta, Georgia on May 23rd (unless it storms again).
I hope to put together a real-world environmental art show in 2016.