White House Recognized Abhijeet’s Artwork for the National Climate Assessment 5

Abhijeet Shrivastava
3 min readJul 5, 2023

We live in a time when the pressing issue of climate change demands our utmost attention and action. Artists have long played a crucial role in raising awareness and initiating meaningful conversations, and now, the power of their creative vision is being harnessed in groundbreaking ways. This is evident in the remarkable initiative known as Art x Climate, which has paved the way for artists to make a profound impact on the National Climate Assessment (NCA).

Cities and Climate Change: artwork by Abhijeet Shrivastava

Abhijeet Shrivastava, an artist driven by a passion to address critical issues, recently had the honor of participating in Art x Climate. Their artwork, titled “Cities and Climate Change,” was carefully selected by the White House Office of Science and Technology to be featured in the upcoming NCA report set for release in the fall of this year. This recognition is a testament to the significance of their artistic contribution and the immense potential of art in the realm of climate change.

“Cities and Climate Change” portrays a city ravaged by the devastating effects of climate change. Floodwaters and debris have taken over the streets, while plumes of smoke from wildfires fill the air. It serves as a stark warning of the potential consequences if we fail to address the root causes of these hazards and protect our communities from their impact. Abhijeet’s artwork encapsulates the urgency and gravity of the situation, urging viewers to take notice and take action.

Art x Climate received an overwhelming response, with over 800 submissions pouring in from talented youth and adult artists across the nation. After a meticulous evaluation process, 90 exceptional pieces were recommended by the esteemed juries to be included in the NCA. The breadth of subject matter covered in the final collection is awe-inspiring, ranging from quilted wildfires to linocut hurricanes and painted permafrost. Abhijeet’s work, “Cities and Climate Change,” with its deeply moving portrayal, plays an integral role in capturing the enormity of climate change in the United States.

While the NCA has long been regarded as the foremost report on climate change in the United States, Art x Climate adds a critical new dimension. This initiative elevates the perspectives of artists, evoking both reckoning and hope, and bringing more people into the vital climate conversation. Through their work, artists like Abhijeet play a pivotal role in helping climate change reach the hearts and minds of the American public. The previous NCA report was read by millions of individuals globally, and the forthcoming NCA5 is expected to generate even greater interest. Art x Climate invites dialogue and engagement on an unprecedented scale.

The inclusion of Abhijeet’s artwork, “Cities and Climate Change,” in the National Climate Assessment exemplifies the transformative power that emerges when artists and scientists collaborate. The energy sparked by Art x Climate is palpable, resonating not only within the White House and among the NCA authors but also throughout a network of passionate colleagues eager to spread the word. Testimonials from the White House and the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) underscore the impact of Abhijeet’s work:

“The contribution you have made with your vision and time is deeply appreciated, and we are grateful for your service to the nation. Your efforts have inspired us, and we are confident that this work will inspire many more.”

Such heartfelt recognition from esteemed institutions highlights the profound influence Abhijeet’s artwork possesses and the potential it holds to drive change on a broader scale.

Abhijeet’s generous contribution of their vision and time is a service to the nation that is sincerely appreciated. Their efforts have already inspired many, and there is no doubt that their work, “Cities and Climate Change,” will continue to inspire countless more. With gratitude, we recognize the indelible mark they have made.

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