Events in the Arctic deserve all the attention they can get. One original way of doing so is regularly being undertaken by commenter scarlet p, also known as the Freewayblogger. He puts up signs on the freeways of California and the western United States to increase awareness of several issues, AGW being one of them. As the subtitle of his blog says: "Because when you put a sign up next to a freeway, people will read it until somebody takes it down."
I have a hunch this sign for instance was inspired by last summer's blog post
on the consequences of disappearing sea ice:
Two weeks ago Freewayblogger started a slogan contest. From his blog:
Second Annual Slogan Contest
I just bought a couple hundred large posters of the earth from space that I'll be putting up on overpasses for the next couple of months. It'll be like all those flags that went up after 9/11, only going up during the tragedy instead of after.
Some I'll post with messages, others will go up alone. In the meantime I'll be looking for slogans and messages that go well with pictures of Planet Earth over freeways. Send me your ideas and if I like them, I'll use them. The three best ones will win cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 and have their words read by literally hundreds of thousands of people.
Your message can be anything you like, but the issue I'm most concerned with is global warming, particularly what is happening in the Arctic. Messages should be short, smart, fit well into a rectangle and look good over traffic. They can be meant to go either with the earth posters or without, so long as they make people think.
Original ideas are preferred but not required and, apart from the right to post them publicly, I make no claim to any entries as intellectual property.
Send entries to freewayblogger - at - yahoo- dot - com. Deadline is March 15th.
That sounds like a worthy endeavour (with worthy recompensation to boot)!
I can say from personal experience that signs do raise awareness, or can be a sign of something. When I was checking out this region in Austria where I now live with my wife and daughter, we walked through a little town and on the wall of the post office it said: There is no Planet B. I figured that the town must have something to offer if it can produce or attract inhabitants capable of spraying such a slogan on a wall.
Soon after we moved to the little town, another sign reflected my thoughts:
But back to the slogan contest. Here are some examples to get you inspired: