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  • This painting by scientist and artist Jill Pelto incorporates graphs of CO2 emissions, renewable energy consumption, sea level rise, temperature, and land ice.
  • The painting was created for the cover of the July 2020 Climate issue of TIME magazine.
Teaching Tips


  • Students may see how graphs can have more than one use.
  • Pelto showcases alternative ways of using data to make a point that is instantly relatable to a broad spectrum of people that may not relate to standard graphed data results.

 Additional Prerequisites

  • Students need to understand how to read a graph.
  • The resource includes links to the datasets used for each graph.


  • Art classes can use this as an example of line, composition blocking, and graphic labeling/symbolism.
  • Students can discuss how artwork can be used to inform the public on important issues such as climate change.
  • As a cross-curricular connection, math classes can use this to show the relevance of mathematical concepts in both scientific and artistic disciplines.
Scientist Notes
The resource presents scientific evidence for students to explore the trend of CO2 and note the changes caused by human activities. Data source is valid and the resource is recommended.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
      • 4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment.
      • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 6 - Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
      • VA:Pr6.1.8a Analyze why and how an exhibition or collection may influence ideas, beliefs, and experiences.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • VA:Re7.2.Ia Analyze how one’s understanding of the world is affected by experiencing visual imagery.
      • VA:Re7.2.IIa Evaluate the effectiveness of an image or images to influence ideas, feelings, and behaviors of specific audiences.
      • VA:Re7.2.4a Analyze components in visual imagery that convey messages.
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