Lanarkshire artist makes his mark on climate change with new COP26 designs


An artist from Rutherglen hopes to help start a conversation about climate change with striking new works of art.

Three new creations by Ida Heinrich, who works as a freelance illustrator and mural artist, illustrate why Scots care about the climate and natural emergency.

They are among nine new works of art created by Climate Scotland as part of a new campaign that aims to send a message to leaders attending COP26 in Glasgow.

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Climate Scotland has garnered over 7,000 votes across the country to show that Scots want meaningful action to protect the things they love and create a better future for people everywhere.

The murals were created to represent the messages of the Scottish people gathered so far and are on display at Glasgow Botanic Gardens during the summit, which saw world leaders descend on Glasgow.

Ida Heinrich, an artist from Rutherglen who created three murals as part of a Climate Scotland campaign

Topics covered in the project include how to create greener and more just livelihoods, sustainable food systems, protect global resources and show solidarity with global neighbors.

Ida said Lanarkshire Live : “Along with Kaitlin Mechan and Indrė Šimkutė, I am delighted to have created these works for Climate Scotland.

“I think murals spark conversations and discussions about topics that matter to us often reveal that other people care as well. I am proud of the works of art we have created and look forward to it. to share them with the public. “

Describing her themes, Ida added: “The“ health and well-being ”fresco is inspired by what nature and my little garden make me feel.

“I explored the ways in which people find small ways to bring nature into their homes.

“Planters in apartments without a garden and other innovative ideas are great ways to make gardening accessible.

“My work ‘Solidarity with Global Neighbors’ explores ways in which people around the world can work together for a shared planet and ecosystem that works for all.

“The arms embrace the planet and showcase the local flora, endangered species, fishing, coral and renewable energies.

“Greener and Fairer Livelihoods” was inspired by the tapestries in Stirling Castle. I liked the idea of ​​creating a modern design showing people working together to rebuild a diverse Scottish forest. “

Over 40 nonprofits, including WWF Scotland, RSPB Scotland, Christian Aid Scotland and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organizations (SCVO), have come together to create the Climate Scotland campaign.

Anna Fowlie, Managing Director of SCVO, said: “Thousands of Scots have spoken out about why climate change matters to them. They recognize that strong action is essential for Scotland’s nature, our health and well-being, and for future generations.

“SCVO is proud to be part of Climate Scotland, to bring these messages to Glasgow at COP26 and to demand climate justice now.”

To learn more about the campaign, visit here.

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