Carbon emissions increase water temperature that in turn cause the bleaching of coral reefs. By 2070 more than three quarters of the world corals will be bleached. We can remove part of a healthy reef and plant it in cooler waters where it regrows.
The TimeShrine includes barnacles borrowed from scientists at the Ukrainian Research Center at Marina Point, Antartica. Barnacles live on the backs and bellies of whales, protecting them like a suit of armor and dying with their host. Preliminary 2017 satellite data show that the sea ice around Antarctica has shrunk to the smallest extent on record.
Starfish habitats have been destroyed by shoreline alteration, pollution, ocean warming and acidification. Oceans' pH has increased to levels not experienced for 100 million years and it is unclear if ocean life could adapt to such rapid acidification. Today, a billion people rely on food from the ocean as their primary source of protein.
The base of this Shrine is the vertebrae of a Blue Whale, the largest mammal living on Earth. Its tongue alone can weigh as much as an elephant. Blue Whales, now protected from hunters, commonly choke to death on plastic. Whales are fundamental to maintain the oceans' food chain.
The Shrine, created at an ancient Navajo site, includes the skull of a cow. Cattle farming is a major contributor to drought as it takes 2.000 liters of water to make one hamburger. More frequent and longer droughts in the future will drastically increase climate refugees.
Rub’ al Khali, or the Empty Quarter, is the largest contiguous sand desert in the world. Caravans of the frankincense trade crossed it until 300 AD, when desertification made this desert insuperable. By 2050 heat waves in the Middle East could reach temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius. (120 F) making life in the region unbearable to humans.
The TimeShrine includes a camel bone found on site and desert roses produced by the crystallization of wind and sand. Fertile terrain equivalent to forty times the weight of Everest is washed away every year, contributing to the desertification of the planet.
The TimeShrine is comprised of goat horns and a Puja, woven threads for protection. Humans are believed to have lived in Samdzong, one of the Himalayas most isolated parts, for 30,000 years. Local villagers do not contribute to climate change, yet they are on its front line as increasing drought is forcing them to abandon their homes.
Anne created this Equilibrium TimeShrine by piling up salt slates sided by a Western and an Eastern vanity. In the background the landscape mirrors itself in perfect reflection of both worlds. Equilibrium between wisdom, understanding, and compassion (mantras of this region of the world) will be needed to create a sustainable future.