When you sit at a desk all day, be it in school or in an office, it can be easy to disengage with the natural world. You probably have scanned through the news here or there and noticed stories that detail the utter destruction of the natural environment. Maybe you even stopped and watched a time lapse video of the melting glaciers in the Arctic, but chances are this video didn’t make climate change seem any more real to you.
We get it, being immersed in a culture that largely ignores the importance of nature makes feeling disconnected from ecosystem collapse easy. Although we might pretend our society has developed as a separate entity, or perhaps a parallel entity, from the natural world – our existence is highly dependent on the existence of nature. Everything from the air we breathe, water we drink, and food we eat comes from nature – don’t let creative packaging convince you otherwise!
In an effort to illustrate the disconnect between humans and the natural world, street artists have begun to bring the wild elements of nature into urban settings. Highlighting the stark lack of natural elements from these urban scenes, this art provokes us to reexamine our relationship with the environment and question whether distance is a good thing.