Brooklyn based Canadian artist Aaron Li-Hill has teamed up with Leading Climate Arts Initiative GreenPoint EARTH with his latest mural ‘New Futures’ in New York City.
Li-Hill and GreenPoint EARTH both share the same vision that a more sustainable world and future is possible if we can restore our natural ecosystems, which in turn will combat climate change, support public health, create jobs, promote food security, sustain biodiversity, and enhance the global supply of natural freshwater.
Aligning with the United Nations Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, and in recognition of youth and the leading role that is thrust upon them to ensure a more sustainable future, the mural ‘New Futures’ incorporates imagery from a photoshoot the team had with students from Intermediate School 318, a public inner-city junior high school at 101 Walton Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York.
“This mural shines a light on the vital role of ecosystem restoration in tackling climate change and food system instability, while also supporting natural freshwater and public health. Ecosystems are essential for all life on Earth however human activity has significantly depleted them. In fact, the world loses enough forests to cover a football pitch every three seconds. We must focus on restoring nature. Conservation is no longer enough.
This mural is for the youth, the world they will inherit, the challenges they will face, and the leading role that is thrust upon them in ensuring a more sustainable future. With the greatest fires this world has seen on the horizon, our youth’s struggle will be for all life on this planet“ Aaron Li-Hill
For too long, we have been exploiting and destroying our planet’s ecosystems. Every three seconds, the world loses enough forest to cover a football pitch and over the last century, we have destroyed half of our wetlands. As much as 50 per cent of our coral reefs have already been lost and up to 90 per cent of coral reefs could be lost by 2050, even if global warming is limited to an increase of 1.5°C. Ecosystem restoration means preventing, halting and reversing this damage – to go from exploiting nature to healing it. This World Environment Day will kick off the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a global mission to revive billions of hectares, from forests to farmlands, from the top of mountains to the depth of the sea. Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change and stop the collapse of biodiversity.
This special edition of GreenPoint EARTH with Li-Hill was made possible in large part by time and resources donated by GreenPoint Innovations and the artist, with paint materials donated by Mercury Paint. Additional support was provided by the wall owner, Mirtex, and local business, Broadway Stages.