Environmental art with activist bite

As world leaders struggle to put climate change up front, we look at artists whose work shows they are miles ahead on environmental issues.
A gallery filled with plant specimens in glass containers

The subject of climate change is dominating headlines. But with COP26 ending in a watered down outcome, predictions show we might still see 2-3 degrees rises in emissions this century, which will mean a series of ecological calamities across the globe.

So, as the public push for urgent change continues, it’s worth noting how powerful artists’ work can be in calling for environmental action.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).