Ecological artist Ruth Wallen offers examples in her research on how, through ecologically engaged art, dialogue is generated and can inform ‘environmental value systems’, ‘ecological ethics’, ‘global justice’ and ‘ecological responsibility’. Likewise, ecotheological activist Michael S. Hogue argues that it is aesthetic experience that can engender a moral sense of nature. He declares a responsibility of artists to respond to the environmental crisis using images, stories and symbols, reshaping human perception, to give voice to ‘mute things’. Through an overview of artworks and research, ecologist David Curtis argues that the arts have a vital role in shaping values, educating, creating empathy for nature, drawing attention to consumption and presenting Indigenous perspectives which may connect us to our environment. Cofounders of CLIMARTE: Art + Environment, Guy Abrahams and Bronwyn Johnson, also attest to arts’ ability to bridge the gap in cultural understanding between climate science and policy for a positive change.
Ruth Wallen, Ecological Art: A Call for Visionary Intervention in a Time of Crisis, (Leonardo Volume 45, Issue 3 2012), 234-242, Michael S. Hogue, ‘The Art of Ecological Responsibility’, American Journal of Theology & Philosophy, Vol. 31, No. 2 (May 2010), pp. 136-146, David Curtis, Building Sustainability with the Arts, (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017)., Guy Abrahams and Bronwyn Johnson, Art + Climate = Change(Melbourne University Press, 2016).