Do the Green Thing working team
Eleanor Ai Wang
Wong Ka Ying
Laura Jordan Bambach x Maisie May Plumstead
Sabba Khan x Shagufta K Iqbal
Li Maizi x Zhang A Lan
Juliana Vélez Echeverri x Marcela Terán
It’s Nice That
My Green Pod
Thomson Rueters Foundation
As project manager for Do The Green Thing, Chloe put together Man-Made Disaster, an exhibition that is a powerful response by 36 women and non-binary artists who operate at the intersection of creativity and social change.
The exhibition is a response to Do the Green Thing’s article on how the patriarchy is ruining the planet. Climate change and its effects are intensifying everywhere – leading to extreme weather, water scarcity, crop failure, food insecurity and more. Research has found that women have historically outperformed men in nearly every environmentally conscious behaviour. The patriarchy and its symptoms, like sexism and toxic masculinity, contribute to men turning away from eco-friendly behaviour. Environmental altruism and selflessness can make men feel less macho and some fear that these actions will brand them as ‘feminine’.
Even though men disproportionately contribute to climate change, women and girls are disproportionately affected by its negative impacts. Globally, it is women, predominantly poor women of colour, who suffer the most from the harmful effects. At the same time, at every level of decision-making – from major international organisations to grassroots activism – women’s voices, ideas and energy are underrepresented and undervalued.
With rage, sadness, hope and humour, the artworks from the exhibition explore how the patriarchy is not only bad for the culture but it’s destroying the environment too.