8 artists who are grappling with climate change and imagining a better world

"What does a pencil have to say about the future? What does a song, a smell, a coyote, or a lush Haitian garden teach us about how to live in a world in flux?" Thats one of the questions artists Sara Black and Amber Ginsburg are asking as they work to make sense of climate change, the Smithsonian reports.

The two Chicagobased sculptors felled an infected tanoak tree in a California forest to create 7,000 pencils, which they then shipped to Chicago, where they milling and drying the lumber.

The pencils are part of a piece called 7,000 Marks, which also consists of handmade tables that hold the pencils.

Black and Ginsburg hold interactive workshops and collaborate with immigration activists, conservation biologists, geologists, science fiction authors, artists, and philosophers.

The conversations and workshops they host around them are intended to work toward solutions to the climate challenge.

"We need to have really multiple ways of engaging the question through words, through images, through art," Ginsburg says.

"Its really like a slowmoving shift.

We need all to be working together, because its hard to change behavior."

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