A Global
Environment-Saving Initiative

Celebrating Sustainability


The Mother Earth Project™, MEP, is focused on celebrating the small and large tasks each of us take to recycle, save energy, minimize pollution, and reduce our carbon footprint. The hope is by creating a greater collective awareness, we will accelerate the activities necessary to save the environment, and preserve the planet for future generations.

“Sustainability requires the essential combination of environment-saving actions and spreading awareness. Each on its own is not enough.” 
– MEP co-founder Barton Rubenstein


Mother Earth

Symbol of Sustainability

“Mother Earth” is a monumental five-meter high sculpture with the likeness of the human profile. This sculpture is conceived as a way to incentivize countries to participate in stopping and reversing climate change, and thus preserve the environment. The idea is that each participating country will place Mother Earth in its major cities, showing its commitment to helping the environment and as a Symbol of Sustainability. To be eligible for receiving Mother Earth, countries must submit their environment-saving actions and timelines to the United Nations.

As countries announce environment-saving achievements, MEP posts these major accomplishments on its
Country Achievements page.


Sculpture Design

Mother Earth was designed by scientist and public artist Barton Rubenstein, who with his family began the Mother Earth Project. Like a silver ribbon of energy rising from the earth, the image of man is created in the form of a profile. This energy symbolizes the symbiotic relationship between earth and humanity. Mother Earth projects two faces, one in the positive space, physical, and the other face is formed from the negative space, using your imagination. This speaks to the yin and yang of the human essence. With a slightly upward looking pose, this multi faceted three-dimensional sculpture presents an ethereal pose, projecting a vision of hope and universality, with a stainless steel material indicating neither race nor nationality.


Sculptures Placement Next to a Water Source

Mother Earth sculptures are and will continue to be placed near to a water source, such as a river or lake, facing downstream toward the collective oceans, a body of water connecting all nations. This symbolic connection acts to strengthen our collective awareness and sense of solidarity.

The MEP’s Inaugural Dedication took place on
Climate March Day, Saturday, April 29, 2017
next to the Mother Earth sculpture in Washington, DC, along the Potomac River.

Another five Mother Earth sculptures are scheduled to be installed in 2017 and 30 other countries are presently interested in participating.
See Sculpture Locations for more details.


Humans of Mother Earth

Stories of Sustainability

In addition to engaging countries, MEP is also focused on climate change and environmental issues at a grassroots level.


@HumansofMotherEarth profiles individuals, organizations, and countries participating in the Mother Earth Project from all over the world.
It shares Stories of Sustainability, answering a fundamental question:

“How are you helping the environment?”

To learn more visit our Social Media page and to participate
please send your photo and answer to: TheMotherEarthProject@gmail.com


MEP Collaboration with
Schools and Organizations

MEP is collaborating with Schools, initiating art and task-based projects and also recognizing green Organizations for their work on sustainability.  These collaborations culminate in strengthening  each community’s focus on the environment, as well as facilitating the connection with other similar schools/orgs from other countries, thus acting locally and connecting globally.

“Mother Earth Project” and “Humans of Mother Earth”
are trademarks of Rubenstein Studios