Climate change on canvas

By Anna Kramer
Joseph Sikora, a student at the Art Institute of Chicago, contributed this piece called "The Air, Water, and Earth." Sikora's web site is

Oxfam America is proud to participate in an exciting project bringing together artists and activists from around the world, each doing their part to illustrate how climate change is affecting poor communities right now.

After requesting proposals from several up-and-coming artists from around the country, Oxfam America commissioned "the painting activist" Ashley Cecil of Louisville, Kentucky to put her ideas about climate change on canvas. Her painting will be shipped to Oxfam International's exhibition at the next UN Conference of Parties (COP) meeting, which takes place this December 1-12 in Poznan, Poland. Cecil's work will be displayed alongside similar works of art created by internationally renowned professionals as well as unknown community artists from around the globe—from Malawi to the Solomon Islands, from Spain to India. The exhibition serves as a powerful reminder of the growing, global movement around climate change and poverty.

Oxfam America has also received artwork from college students in Minneapolis, Bangkok, and Chicago, which will also go on display in Poznan.

  • Read a story about Ashley’s painting. Or visit her blog.
  • To take action, join Oxfam America's GROW Campaign. You'll receive emails that give you ways to help poor people here and abroad.
  • To see all the canvases go to Oxfam's Flickr page.

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