Global challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, and COVID-19 are calling for a re-examination of how we can live in harmony with nature and each other. These challenges share similar characteristics: there are transboundary, all-encompassing, and touch upon our unsustainable relationship with nature. The pandemic was an accelerant of pre-existing conditions and brought forward deglobalization trends, fostering regionalization in the quest for self-sustainability.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in the 6th Assessment Report, the Physical Science Basis (2021) [1] introduced regional characteristics at the request of countries for the first time. The introduction of a greater range of regional climate information now presents a more coherent and accurate picture of regional climate challenges. 

A re-think of the role of regional approaches is also being fostered at the European Union, through the European Green Deal [2] and the New European Bauhaus Initiative (2019), which is a creative and interdisciplinary program that connects the European Green Deal to both living spaces and experiences.

Sharing a heritage with the original Bauhaus School (1919-1933), the New European Bauhaus Initiative is a new movement seeking new ideas and aesthetics of sustainability for the future. It calls on us to imagine and build together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls. This future is to be shaped around places and practices which are enriching, sustainable, and inclusive. [3] 

Focus on transforming the future and re-imagining long-term approaches are also recommended at the UN level and seen as complementary thinking to more formalized processes.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Resilience Frontiers Initiative [4] is an excellent example of collective intelligence shaping a new vision for the future. 

The project: Territorial Ecology in the Province of North Holland (working title) aims to harness the latest thinking about a more sustainable future at the regional level and examines regional development and ecosystems and natural and cultural habitats. To highlight their socio-ecological, economic, and cultural importance, three large-scale art sculptural installations are being proposed, addressing:  

  • Forest Ecosystems
  • Agricultural Productivity and Urbanisation  
  • Coastal Areas 

The proposed three monuments in a public space will encourage local communities to reconnect with nature in times of climate change, in the post-pandemic era, and for emotional healing caused by wars. In addition, these installations aim to raise public awareness of the importance of natural ecosystems and, at the same time, advance our thinking about nature using frontier technologies. 

In the spirit of innovation, exploration, collective action, the democratization of technology and discovery, a world-class team of well-known scientists, mathematicians, architects, engineers, botanists, geologists, visual and linguistic communicators, as well as people of faith, have committed to working together to deliver new and ambitious interventions in the landscapes of the Province of North-Holland. These will be accessible to all and dedicated to advancing the scientific, technical and cultural discourse on nature — experienced by an audience at the individual level through art.

Devised by
Dr. Sandra Piesik — 3 ideas B.V.

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