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
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 city, 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, the Mother Earth Project posts these major accomplishments on its
Country Achievements page.
Mother Earth was designed by scientist and public artist Barton Rubenstein, who with his family began the Mother Earth Project. The idea that inspired the design of Mother Earth is that man is created from and out of the earth, and that there is an inherent symbiotic relationship between the two. This three-dimensional sculpture presents an ethereal pose of a human profile, projecting a vision of universality, with a stainless steel material indicating neither race nor nationality.
Sculptures Placement Next to a Water Source
In each country, there are plans to place Mother Earth sculptures next to a water source, such as a river, 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 Mother Earth Project’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 World Locations for more details.
Stories of Sustainability
In addition to engaging countries, the Mother Earth Project 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?”
MEP Collaboration with
Schools and Organizations
The Mother Earth Project 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.
The Mother Earth Project began in 2015, the year that 197 countries pledged to stop and reverse climate change. This momentous gathering at the COP21 conference in Paris, France, began one of the most important international tasks ever undertaken to save the environment from irreversible damage from pollution and other human-related activities. Presently, 147 countries have submitted their goals and timelines.
“Mother Earth Project” is a trademark of Rubenstein Studios