It is unusual to come across an environmental campaign that incorporates art, science, faith and justice. Since last June, Irreplaceable: Wildlife in the Warming World has been both a campaign and photo exhibit based on all of these disciplines. Irreplaceable is a coalition effort by Earthjustice, Noah Alliance, International League of Conservation Photographers and Conservation International's Center for Applied Biodiversity Science and works to remind people why wildlife is irreplaceable.
When I first read about this campaign, I was intrigued by the focus on the art as means to inspire change. It reminded me of the days of environmental science class when we were learning about the Hudson River School, a school for landscape painters. The importance of this particular school lied in the fact that it was the first time we saw value in nature through beauty and artistic expression. The Hudson River painters saw art as an agent for change, and this sparked a very unique reason for conservation. I remember loving the connection between art and conservation that these landscape paintings inspired.
The Irreplaceable exhibit and education effort not only connects the same themes as the Hudson River School, it goes a step further and gives you a way to take action. We are connected. And this exhibit proves that one of the most important sustainable resources we can turn to when protecting these irreplaceable species is something that has an endless supply...inspiration.