In order to raise awareness of climate change and environmental issues at a grassroots level, MEP is reaching out to academic institutions and organizations. Our primary project designed to hear and collect people’s stories is
Presently, MEP is collaborating with schools with over 90,000 students around the world. We encourage teachers and students to collaborate and create artwork to express their concerns and hopes about the environment. We feature their artwork on our social media platform, @HumansOfMotherEarth , as a way of connecting students around the world. Apparently, the experience is powerful for the students and makes them feel a part of a collective awareness. And hopefully, it makes them focused on protecting the environment into the future. In the best-case scenario, we hope they become stewards of the planet. It would be great to connect with schools in Santiago.
Suggestions for artistic and task-based projects may include:
Students create artwork in any media that would reflect their beliefs and ideas about the changing environment. Different types of media may include:
- Creating a Parachute For The Planet
- Graphic arts
- Performance art
- Mixed media, etc…
Artwork may be exhibited at the school or institution. It would display a diversity of topics, media, and viewpoints and may be posted on the school or institution’s website.
An Instagram Account, @MotherEarth(YourInstitution), may be created to post images and stories of the artwork or they can be posted on @HumansofMotherEarth. Also, having a presence on the School Gallery page will allow for worldwide exposure and opportunities to connect with other schools and organizations.
Students may initiate a club or activity to promote awareness of environment issues and promote sustainability actions at their institution. Suggestions for sustainability actions may include:
- Planting trees and plants (creates more oxygen, shade, less water runoff)
- Water Fountains to accommodate bottles (reduce plastic consumption)
- Trash pickup activities (cleaning neighborhoods, parks, and street trash)
- Hardscape Management Plan (using permeable surfaces to reduce runoff)
- Alternative Commuting Transportation (carpooling)
- Green Roof (reducing heat of buildings and water runoff)
- Electricity, using renewable energy sources (solar, wind, hydropower)
- Sustainable purchasing policy (boxed water, recyclable food containers, etc…)
- Waste Management (compost, recycling, recycling trashcans)
- Lighting (low energy, LED, occupant-controlled lights)
- Cleaning (materials and equipment with low environmental impact)
- Fundraisers for environmental organizations
- Less paper (use computers/internet instead of paper handouts), etc…
- Field trip to visit the Mother Earth sculpture in their country’s major city
Students visit Mother Earth sculpture
The mission of this project is to engage different communities around the world and raise awareness of climate change issues. MEP is focused not only at the personal and community levels, but with a groundswell of creative and committed support, it strives to affect change ultimately at a global level. We encourage teachers to use existing curriculum and then add an environmental component.
Contact Us to Participate
If you are an arts administrator, faculty, or organization and would like to participate,
please contact us at: TheMotherEarthProject@gmail.com.
Media Related to School Collaborations
MEP Interview discussing collaborations with school at Montgomery County Municipal Cable Channel 16, Aug, 2017
The Town of Somerset, Chevy Chase, Maryland, had an Exhibition Opening of artwork created by 5th graders at Somerset Elementary School. This artwork is the product of a Mother Earth Project Collaboration with the school. Teacher Lynn Lewis explains the work of Jeremiah, and Mother Earth Project co-founder Ari Rubenstein (pianist) and Simon Diesenhaus perform Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror, the theme song for the project.
MEP co-founders Ari and Barton Rubenstein give a presentation to a middle school.
MEP visits American University, Washington, DC