Hello and welcome to our little home on the internet, we are the Artic Gnomes, and we reside at The Eden Project in Cornwall UK. If you have recived a Gnome, and want to make a pledge (A short statement on how you will live your life to make this planet better for all). Either: follow us on Facebook, Twitter: @thearcticgnome or #thearcticgnome, Instagram us, or send us a photo and your pledge to firstname.lastname@example.org
Come along and get involved. On Friday 23rd November and every Saturday and Sunday thereafter until 6th January, between 2.30 – 6.00pm you may have a chance to take one of us home. All you have to do in return is send in a picture of one of us Gnomes, along with a pledge stating what you will do to make a difference to our planet that we all live on and help protect it for everyone to enjoy. .
To send us a photo of your Gnome, and a pledge on how you will help the planet you can:
Since 2003, Cape Farewell have been taking artists and scientists to my home in the Arctic, to the rainforests, and most recently the Scottish Isles.inviting artists to explore, to take part in scientific research, and be inspired to respond to the environmental changes they see.
Back in 2007 Cape Farewell & Eden Project came together to think about ways of engaging you humans in the subject of climate change. Artists were asked to work at the Eden Project to develop ideas slowly and organically. It became known as the Slow Art Programme.
Us Arctic Gnomes were called up to come to visit Eden Project by the artist group known as Bullet Creative. They wanted us to tell you the story of the changes to the Arctic sea ice and thought we’d have fun getting to meet you all. We Gnomes in the Arctic are no different from the ones in your gardens. We are all here to help protect the giant garden of Earth and we need to all work together to do that.
Concept by Gorm & Kathy @ Bullet Creative. We were sculpted by Elly Voisin, and slip cast by Studio Bisque. Many thanks to Amie Rey, Vicky Long, Nina Horstmann, The other Slow Art artists, PEAS, & Eden Project staff, and the bloke at the curry house. A big thank you and respec knucks goes out to all our volunteers who are staffing our installation .
The Earth’s climate has changed throughout history, the end of the last ice age being about 7,000 years ago. However, since humans started burning fossil fuels and adding more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere the climate has changed at a rate that is unprecedented over the past 1300 years.
Climate scientists have studied many different types of data about the planet over many years. The data supports the scientific theories about man-induced climate change and this view is now accepted across the planet. Scientists have shown, amongst other things, that the earth has experienced global sea level rise, global temperature rise, warming oceans and significant changes to the ice sheets and sea ice.
In our home up in the Arctic, scientists have been recording the summer sea ice melt since 1979, using clever things like satellites. Over the last thirty years they’ve seen the ice extent decline by more than 30%, this means much more sea ice is melting than previously observed. Earlier this year, scientists logged a record minimum for summer Arctic sea ice.
It’s sad for us because we’re losing our home, but it is also important for you because what happens in the Arctic affects the rest of the planet.
Information taken from NASA and NSIDC (National Snow and Ice Data Centre)