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22 April 2005
Bill McKibben says more writers and artists should get to grips with climate change.

What will he think of Art Not Oil, which wants to encourage artists to "create work that explores the damage that companies like BP are doing to the planet, and the role art can play in counteracting that damage"?

Bill McKibben writes of the wisfulness at the core of his reaction to global warming, a sense that as a species we’re finally and irrevocably managing to crowd out everything else:

Time rushes on, in ways that humans have never before contemplated. That famous picture of the earth from outer space that Apollo beamed back in the late 1960s – already that’s not the world we inhabit; its poles are melting, its oceans rising. We can register what is happening with satellites and scientific instruments, but can we register it in our imaginations, the most sensitive of all our devices?

It looks like the folks at Art Not Oil would him answer yes - though, anger and satire look to be higher on their list than wistfulness.

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