3-Minute Interview: Wendy Abrams

Cool Globes Founder Wendy Abrams, of Chicago, brings her public art exhibit — featuring 40 larger-than-life custom-designed globes that depict solutions to global warming — to the Crissy Field Promenade on Aug. 5.

How did you come up with the Cool Globes idea? If you put a 5-foot diameter globe, painted, on the sidewalk you have to stop and confront it. That's our message, we want people to stop and confront global warming but at the same time our message is the solutions are right here in front of you.

What's one of your favorite globes and why? We did a globe for Giants stadium. The globe looks like a giant baseball and there is red-leather stitching and in the stitching are diodes that are solar powered because the stadium is now solar powered. So the globe is solar-powered and lights up at night.

How conscious is San Francisco compared with other cities when it comes to fighting global warming? San Francisco is way ahead of the curve. It’s fantastic. You’re taking grease from fast food restaurants and using it on bio-diesel cars and trucks and The City has hybrids [cars]. I know there was a proposal at least to do a carbon tax, which is tremendous.

How optimistic about the future of the environment are you? I'm optimistic. The ironic thing is not only can we solve it, but I think that our greatest hope for economic viability in the next century is to become a leader in technology and renewable energy.

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