Menlo Park artist Michael Killen characterizes his work as chronicling the “developments and thoughts of our time that include climate change, human rights, impact of climate change on California’s water, resilience of America, and sustainability.” A sampling of his paintings are currently on display at Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park.
Emailed the artist: “One of the paintings on display is especially news worthy. It is Don Quixote Joins California in the Battle of Sea Level Rise at the Coast and Inland (10’ x 6’ – pictured top). At Stanford’s VIP Energy Summit 2014 last month, I was honored for making this painting that taps into Don Quixote story to help tell the California sea level rise story as well as for another painting — Don Quixote Meets Climate Change (15 x 6 feet – below) — to give climate change a face and to bring attention to the need for a national tax on carbon.”
On Sunday, July 20, Killen, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, and scientist Chris Field, PhD, (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC] and Carnegie Institution, Stanford) will take part in a panel discussion titled “Art, Politics and Science Meet Climate Change.” It will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Limited seating; RSVP to assure a seat: Climate@HarringtonDesign.com.
Killen will share what motivated him to paint Don Quixote Meets Climate Change (15 x 6 feet). James L. March, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Stanford, who brought the humanities to the teaching of leadership at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, in a clip from his film Passion and Discipline: Don Quixote’s Lessons for Leadership, will further help attendees appreciate why Killen joined the immortal and knight errant to climate change at this time
Eshoo will discuss how members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, are reacting to the President’s stepped-up efforts to minimize the impact of climate change. She will also share what major organizations in the Bay Area have said they want from Congress to help them adapt to climate change.
Dr. Chris Field will distill the salient findings of IPPC’s most recent study that have gained worldwide attention, and share them in a way that is helpful to the public, community and other leaders.