“After tragedies, one has to invent a new world, knit it or embroider, make it up. It’s not gonna be given to you because you deserve it; it doesn’t work that way. You have to imagine something that doesn’t exist and dig a cave into the future and demand space. It’s a territorial hope affair. At the time, that digging is utopian, but in the future, it will become your reality.”
 

— Björk, Singer/Songwriter

“Disrupted ecosystems tend to lose their biggest predators first, and what they leave behind are smaller critters that live fast, reproduce in large numbers, and have immune systems more capable of carrying disease without succumbing to it. When there are only a few species left, they’re good at carrying disease, and they thrive near people, there may be nothing between a deadly pathogen and all of humanity.”

 

— Eric Roston, Journalist

“Dear Artists who dedicate their work to nature, ecology, and human behavior, thank you for having the foresight to remind our society the consequences of excessive consumption and narcissism, and a need to enforce more stringent measures to lessen and to temper environmental destruction. If governments learn how to flatten the curve of the coronavirus, maybe they will finally get it that the spike needs to be reversed on global pollution in our climate crisis.”
 

    —Elaine Angelopoulos, Artist

"Through the many periods of human history when plague and pestilence have interrupted our (often illusory) sense of security, artists have chronicled and processed the experiences, channelling and reflecting the collective psyche of the day."

 

—Andrew Stephens, Arts Writer

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“Nature is taking a breath when the rest of us are holding ours.” 
 

— Michelle Fournet, Marine Ecologist

"We are at our best when we serve others. Be civilized."

—Ira Byock, Physician 

"We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate and  lack. We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and
nature. "

—Brene Brown, PhD

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