Artists and writers from 28 countries form the World Weather Network in response to the global climate crisis.

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COAST, ANDES AND RAINFOREST, PERU Commissioned by MALI Photo by Maurice Chédel

In response to the global climate emergency, 28 arts organizations formed the Global Weather Networka revolutionary constellation of “weather stations” located across the globe in oceans, deserts, mountains, farmlands, rainforests, observatories, lighthouses and cities.

For one year from June 21, 2022, artists and writers will share “weather reports” in the form of observations, stories, images and imaginations about their local weather and our common climate, creating an archipelago of voices and perspectives on a new global platform.

Professor Friederike Otto, Lecturer in Climate Science, Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College, London, said:

“With World Weather Attribution, we try to bring scientific evidence of the role of climate change into our conversations about weather, but science alone cannot change the world. Art and literature can. The World Weather Network is therefore exactly what we need to see climate change very differently than we think it is today.

Offering different ways to watch, listen and live with the weather, weather reports from writers and artists will be shared on the Global Weather Network platform of each location: the Himalayas, the Mesopotamian swamps in Iraq and the desert of the Arabian Peninsula; the Great Salt Lake in Utah and the “Great Kiwa Ocean” in the South Pacific; “Iceberg Alley” off Newfoundland, the Baltic Sea and the Arctic Circle; a tropical rainforest in Guyana and agricultural land in Ijebu, Nigeria. Artists and writers work in observatories in Kanagawa in Japan and Manila in the Philippines; study cloud data in China and lichens in France; lighthouses on the coast of Peru, the Basque Country and the Snaefellsness peninsula in Iceland; and cities like Dhaka, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London and Seoul.

  • Hiroshi Sugimoto will collaborate with the Enoura Observatory in Japan to observe turbulence in the Earth’s atmosphere.
  • On the small island of Santa Clara off the coast of Donostia/San Sebastián, Cristina Iglesias’ sculpture invites reflection on deep time and environmental change. The station will explore the influence of climate on daily life in the city.
  • On Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Liam Gillick creates an operational weather station for use by scientists and the local community.
  • A group of children from northwestern Bangladesh made a short film with puppeteers dramatizing their experience living with extreme weather conditions.
  • Jonas Staal sets up a utopian boot camp in Turin encouraging participants to imagine alternative futures.
  • At the Senate Library in London, a new sound installation by writer Jessica J Lee and sound artist Claudia Molitor responds to live data from the Met Office.

Climatologists, environmentalists and communities will take part in an extensive program of special events organized in each location and online via the platform. During the year, the London book review commission special reports from writers based in many places in the Global Weather Network.

While each organization reports its local weather, each of these “weather stations” is connected by the overheating of the global atmosphere. The Global Weather Network presents alternative ways of responding to the planet’s weather and climate and is an invitation to watch, listen, learn and act.

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Mark Westall is the founder and editor of FAD magazine, founder and co-editor of Art of Conversation and founder of the @worldoffad platform

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