Kudos: ‘Cool Globes’ offers positive warning against warming

Feeling helpless about the seemingly overwhelming problem of global warming, Wendy Abrams, a Chicago-based environmental activist and mother of four, decided to take a stand. Her art project, “Cool Globes,” she says, is a product of her “determination to help people see that the situation is not hopeless.”

Her original hometown exhibit featured 130 artistically designed spheres depicting various solutions to the issue of global warming. A new edition of the show, subtitled “Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet,” comes to San Francisco this week, beginning with an unveiling ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday featuring Mayor Gavin Newsom and Abrams. The globes will be on display at Crissy Field through Oct. 12.

About 40 diverse globes — created by Bay Area artists including Carrie Nardello (“Flower Power”), Lauren Davies (“The Butterfly and the Tsunami”) and Reid Johnston and Geo Kitta (“Things To Do Today”) — will be on view. The event is sponsored by Toyota, PG&E, the Sierra Club, the National Park Service and the city and county of San Francisco, among others. For more information, visit www.coolglobes.com.

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