Welcome to carbonstories.org. On this site you can learn about Michael Johnson-Chase and follow my blogs. With some exceptions, this site follows "theme based" cycling tours focusing on social and climate related issues. Slowed down observations of the world over days, weeks and months at 10 to 15 miles an hour can reveal a depth and quality of understanding about our environment often missed by faster modes of travel.

The Making of Public Art

The Making of Public Art

I am in Paris tracking COP21, and spending most of my time at Place to B and The Green Zone in Le Bourget, next to the building where the delegates and observers are meeting. I was able to get a personal catch up on the events of Monday, December 7 from an accredited observer to the event, Rev. Richard Kilmer, who is a Special Representative from the Office of Social Justice at the Christian Reformed Church. He is optimistic the talks will succeed although there is still a lot of disagreement. From his perspective the most recalcitrant delegates are from Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, which makes sense because they have the most to lose from carbon reductions. Interestingly he told me that there was language included today that limits carbon emission  to a 1.5 degree increase by 2100. That's quite a development if the language stays in there!

But I want to post pictures of the making of a public art project by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Spectral Q at the Champ de Mars on Sunday that made it into the New York Times today. I had the good fortune to be told about this the day before and to participate. The first photo is the realized art, and the following pictures are personal ones that I took. 

Photo Credit: Photo by Yann Arthus-Bertrand / Spectral Q

Spectral Q, aka John Q, in the lift with colleagues checking out his work. You can find his image in the New York Times, COP21 report on Dec 7, 2015.

John Q organizing his human art.  

My view of the participant in front of me. 

My view of the native American drummer standing above my head. Have you ever been underneath a drum? The sound vibrations are intense! 

Photos from COP21, December 3-13, 2016

Photos from COP21, December 3-13, 2016

#P2Bcop21, Paris

#P2Bcop21, Paris