A Global Environment-Saving Initiative
Raising Awareness about the Environment and 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
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.
Five Mother Earth sculptures are scheduled to be installed in 2017 and another 30 countries are interested in having a Mother Earth sculpture in one of their major cities. See Sculpture Locations for more details.
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.
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.
Parachutes For The Planet™
A major project is now underway to collect hand-crafted parachutes created by individuals, schools and organizations from around the world. To raise awareness of people’s stories of living sustainable lives and being affective by climate change, MEP plans to display these “Parachutes For The Planet” at different venues.
Schools and Outreach
MEP is collaborating with Schools, initiating art and task-based projects. 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.
Sharing Stories of Sustainability on Instagram
@MotherEarthProject profiles students, individuals, organizations, and countries, answering a fundamental question:
“How are you helping the environment?”
The MEP’s Inaugural Dedication took place on Climate March Day, April, 2017
next to the Mother Earth sculpture in Washington, DC, along the Potomac River.
“Mother Earth Project,” “Humans of Mother Earth” and “Parachutes For The Planet” are trademarks of Rubenstein Studios