Footing the Bill: Art and Our Ecological Footprint (Part II)

Footing the Bill: Art and Our Ecological Footprint (Part II)

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Footing the Bill: Art and Our Ecological Footprint (Part II)

Part II of a two-part exhibition addressing the urgent need to live sustainably within Earth's finite resources

As human population and consumption grow, we will make ever-increasing demands upon the forests, pastures, cropland, fisheries and other biologically productive areas of this planet we call home. Today, humanity uses the equivalent of 1.6 planets to satisfy our demands for natural resources and waste absorption, and we are on track to require the resources of two planets well before mid-century.


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Art Works For Change, along with our partners at Earth Day Network, Global Footprint Network, World Wildlife Fund, Oceana, Environmental Defense Fund and TreePeople, invite you to explore humanity’s ecological footprint through the unique lens of contemporary art.

Exhibition Venues

Online | Ongoing

Part I of the Exhibition

Featuring highlights of our call to artists.  Launched on August 13, 2015 (Earth Overshoot Day 2015) to mark the date when humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year.  Visit Part I.

Part II of the Exhibition (launched on Earth Day 2016 and now on view)

Featuring a curated exhibition of artists whose work challenges us to reflect on our ecological footprint.

About Partnering Organizations

Art Works For Change is a nonprofit organization that creates contemporary art exhibitions to address critical social and environmental issues. Our museum-quality exhibitions are hosted by fine art institutions all over the world, and feature artists whose work promotes awareness, provokes dialogue and inspires action.

Global Footprint Network is an international think tank that coordinates research, develops methodological standards and provides decision-makers with a menu of tools to help the human economy operate within Earth’s ecological limits.

Earth Day Network works year-round with thousands of partners worldwide to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement.  We lead environmental campaigns, promote green economic policies, educate the public and energize communities to secure a healthy future for themselves and their children.

World Wildlife Fund is the world’s leading conservation organization.  We use our global reach and a foundation in science to conserve nature and spur action on the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.

Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. We run science-based campaigns and seek to win policy victories that can restore ocean biodiversity and ensure that the oceans are abundant and can feed hundreds of millions of people.

Environmental Defense Fund works to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.  Guided by science and economics, we find practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems.

TreePeople inspires, engages and supports people to take responsibility for the urban environment and to share our process as a model for the world. We work with the people of Los Angeles to plant and care for trees, harvest the rain, and renew depleted landscapes, creating a greener, shadier and more water-secure city at homes, neighborhoods, schools and in the local mountains.

Press Release

View the press release for the exhibition.