ORLANDO, Fla. — Nota en español: “Humanos de Florida” llega a Orlando para crear conciencia sobre la emergencia climática del estado en Florida Central
Orlando was chosen as the city to unveil the third wax sculpture in Florida, where the Florida Climate Crisis campaign (#FLClimateCrisis) will launch Thursday.
Most of east-central Florida’s major weather stations landed in the Top 10 warmest on record in 2019, with many in the Top 5 spots. The hottest year on record was 2015 (with many stations' records dating back to the 19th early 20th centuries), and there has been a prolonged warmth above normal across Central Florida since then.
This campaign started in early September involving scientists across our state, which included webinars and town halls for everyone to attend (virtually). The events' purposes were to get information about our changing climate, and to learn how these changes are already impacting our communities, health and finances.
In 2020:Orlando registered its fifth-hottest summer on record, with records extending back to 1892.
The wax sculptures placed in Tampa and Miami earlier this month melted within 3 to 5 days. They provided not only a visual message of how much the heat can damage our environment and overall health, but each of them also revealed a message.
“This year’s global temperature rise is expected to be one of the hottest recorded, manifesting across Florida,” commented Dr. Rachel Licker of the Union of Concerned Scientists. “Temperatures are expected to grow if we don’t act collectively to rein in global warming emissions. By working together and listening to the latest science, Floridians can limit days of extreme heat and sea-level rise to save the places they treasure.”
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Here’s what’s left of the wax sculpture in Downtown Orlando. The message revealed: More Heat, Less Health. ⠀ Do you know that warmer night increases the risk of heart disease? Also, warmer nights harm agriculture as plants/crops do not get the cooling they need to strive. It’s all linked!⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Esto es lo que queda de la escultura de cera en el centro de Orlando. El mensaje reveló: más calor, menos salud.⠀ ¿Sabe que noches más cálidas aumentan el riesgo de enfermedad cardíaca? Además, las noches más cálidas dañan la agricultura ya que las plantas / cultivos no tienen enfriamiento que necesitan para crecer bien y sanos. ¡Todo está vinculado!⠀ ⠀ #flclimatecrisis
Melbourne registered its eighth-warmest summer on record, with records extending back to 1937.
THE FIRST SCULPTURE:
The Miami Lifeguard hut was placed at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. The message revealed: More Heat, Less Beach.
In the coming decades, Floridians will endure even more days of dangerous heat. And without global action, by the end of the century, Florida will experience days where temperatures surpass 105 degrees.— The CLEO Institute (@CLEOInstitute) September 24, 2020
Learn more by visiting https://t.co/Z2A5y6thLR | #FLClimateCrisis pic.twitter.com/LaP0Kt4IsS
THE SECOND SCULPTURE:
The Florida Panther Family sculpture was placed in ZooTampa. The message revealed: More Heat, Less Wildlife.
SEE PHOTOS: Three wax sculptures placed across Florida to bring awareness to the state’s climate emergency
THE THIRD SCULPTURE:
The Florida Humans, which is a sculpture of a grandfather and grandchild sitting on a bench in front of City Hall in downtown Orlando, was placed on September 23; by the evening, the colors had faded.
By Thursday, September 24th, the ice cream wax sculpture the grandfather was holding had melted away, and the colors were fading from the child’s clothes and skating gear.
The message revealed: More Heat, Less Health.
Sanford registered its fourth-warmest summer on record, with records extending back to 1948.
The CLEO Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Florida, partnered with ad agency Zubi and award-winning Los Angeles artist/inventor/director Bob Partington to show Floridians just how quickly Florida’s heat can melt a wax sculpture.
Partington is well-known for hosting The History Channel’s “Thing-a-ma-bob”, and for his unique inventions that combine art, science, technology, math and engineering. He was challenged by the creative team at Zubi earlier this year to create visual experiences based on an idea the Miami ad agency had to put the state’s climate crisis in the spotlight for all Floridians to see.
In 2019, Leesburg tied its ninth-hottest summer on record, with records extending back to 1958.
The Florida Climate Crisis campaign has been made possible via a grant from the VoLo Foundation, a private, Florida-based philanthropic foundation led by Thais Lopez Vogel and David S. Vogel. The foundation seeks to accelerate change and global impact by supporting science-based climate solutions, enhancing education and improving health.
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"Don't let these sculptures be our reality. Please be a part of the solution. Please spread the word, act now and help to raise awareness." - VoLo Foundation Trustee Thais Lopez Vogel The third and final sculpture featuring a grandfather and granddaughter enjoying a pleasant day on a park bench and called simply "Florida Family", was unveiled today in front of Orlando's City Hall. The idea is to connect the impacts of rising temperatures and our health, as well as Orlando’s globally famous tourist attractions and natural beauty to the legacy Floridians will leave behind for future generations. @cleoinstitute . . . . . . . .#ClimateChange#ClimateCrisis#FLClimateCrisis#FLclimate#Climate#womenempowerment#votelikeamadre#cambioclimatico#latinosforclimatechange#strongertogether#pollution#artivism#climatesolution#carbonfee#Florida#Orlando#OrlandoFL#Orlandocityhall#UnivisionOrlando#savetheplanet#savetheoceans#ourplanetourfuture#futuregenerations#future
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