By Jake O'Donnell
Local business and political leaders gathered at Brewer Plaza on Boston Common Thursday to welcome a new public art display that can be found throughout the city through Oct. 15 to bring attention to climate change.
The more than four dozen Cool Globes, created by dozens of artists, will be found on the Common, in Copley Square, on the Esplanade, at the Museum of Science, near the John Hancock Tower and at Logan Airport.
globe was inspired to be created by climate change, with each sending a message
about what people can do to conserve.
Wendy Abrams, the founder of Cool Globes, said Boston was a perfect place for Cool Globes because she believes it's a city that believes in community.
"That's what climate change is all about," she said. "It's the issue that affects us all, and it's our common interest."
Cool Globes partnered with Mayor Thomas M. Menino's Greenovate Boston initiative to bring the globes to the city.
"This speaks to the progress we are making," Menino said. "Cool Globes engages people in a fun and simple way...I always say we need to turn science talk into sidewalk talk. Well, you've literally brought that climate change conversation to the sidewalk."
U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III was excited to think about the impact the globes will have on those passing by.
"They will stop at a globe over the next few months and remember to turn down their AC, or turn off the light the next time they leave their apartment," Kennedy said. "These small but simple acts are more important than ever, because the consequences of an action become more dire by the day."
The event also highlighted the contributions of two local students, Liam Stuart and Dylan Keusch, who created a blog about climate change when they learned Cool Globes would be coming to Boston.
Kennedy's uncle, Waterkeeper Alliance President Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., spoke Thursday about the importance of youngsters like Stuart and Keusch.
"The extraordinary insight, intelligence, energy they are bringing, that that generation is bringing to this issue, they are exemplars," Kennedy said.