As our first Climate Art Fellow, Audrey Carver created a compelling series of art to convey the impacts of climate change on our ecosystems and communities. The powerful collection draws from research from the recently published San Diego County Ecosystems report and her personal experience with the tragic wildfire that scorched her hometown of Idyllwild half-way through her fellowship.
Audrey Carver, a long-time Affiliated Artist of the Climate Science Alliance, spent this summer with the Alliance team and partners and toured our unique ecosystems to gain insight and inspiration for her assigned project — to translate the findings of the recently published report, "San Diego County Ecosystems: The Ecological Impacts of Climate Change on a Biodiversity Hotspot". She created a full series, “Faces of Change”, to help people better understand the report and connect to it emotionally by illustrating key species and factors from each of the report chapters and pairing them with a member of the community who is directly affected by the issue.
In August, the Cranston Fire engulfed the edges of Audrey’s small town of Idyllwild, CA. As Audrey and her family evacuated along with thousands of others the impacts of climate change became real and personal. Her art was inspired by this fire event, with one piece using the charcoal from burnt trees at the site of the fire.
In addition, Audrey participated in the "Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Planning" training co-hosted by the Climate Science Alliance, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, and the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation. With her guidance attendees participated in a collaborative art activity to create a reflective piece based on what they learned at the training.