Green Winter is a timely visual essay created by Canadian artist Franke James in the winter of 2007. The story begins at a cocktail party with James asking Freakonomics author Steven Levitt how he would solve Global Warming. Levitt quips, “Why would you worry about it? Global Warming will be good for Canada. Look how much more of the country will be populated if it’s warmer!”
James uses Levitt’s unconventional opinion as a springboard to explore questions about Global Warming, Canada’s changing identity, and Canadians’ comfortable complacency. The visual essay has been featured in The Toronto Star as well as Treehugger.com, Worldchanging.com, What is the Next Message and many online blogs.
It was published in an anthology of readings for Canadian university students entitled Perspectives on Contemporary Issues, including authors Stephen Lewis, Ken Dryden, David Suzuki, Margaret Atwood and others. Co-edited by Kim Blank and Stephen Eaton Hume, University of Victoria. To be published by Thomson, Autumn 2007. A Green Winter: Will Global Warming be good for Canada?
See the Visual Essay: frankejames.com/a-green-winter/
Artist Statement: The Toronto Star, Feb.1/07
“We just take for granted that Canada is a land of snow and ice and hockey,” James said in an interview. “And, yet, it could disappear within our lifetime. The visual essay will be a success if it gets people thinking and talking and writing and saying what it means to them. I’m trying to reflect the concern … but also look at the selfishness we all have,” James said.
A Green Winter copyright 2007 Franke James
Photographs, illustrations and writing by Franke James, MFA