Cool Globes have arrived in Lake Placid!
America's First Winter Resort hosts Climate Change Art Exhibit
Cool Globes is a public art exhibition designed to raise awareness of solutions to climate change. Twelve large globes are currently in the Municipal Parking Lot, and on Thursday they will be placed at the following locations throughout the village:
- in front of the Conference Center at Lake Placid, which has Gold LEED Certification
- in the kiosk area of the Municipal Parking Lot
- in Mid’s Park
- in 1 Main Street Park
- along the Mirror Lake walkway adjacent to the tennis courts
Each globe has text on its base that tells a story about climate change and what that particular globe represents. It also gives us ideas for actions we can take to counteract climate change.
Lake Placid was chosen as an ideal location to display the Cool Globes because of the community’s emphasis on renewable energy and other green initiatives. The village Electric Department has worked closely with the New York Power Authority and NYSERDA to reduce the community’s carbon footprint on initiatives like switching all government buildings, including schools, the library, and municipal structures, to energy-efficient LED lights, and working with NYPA to help residents insulate their homes. The town Transfer Station has a robust program at its Recycling Center, recycling a wide variety of materials for free, and running a compost heap that’s free to community members. And the Lake Placid High School Environmental Club has been pushing the Climate Reality Project's “I am Pro Snow” movement, which encourages municipalities that have economies that rely on snow to shift to 100 percent renewable energy.
“Having the Cool Globes here is certainly significant for the community that was the site for the III and XIII Olympic Winter Games, where we’ve prioritized green initiatives,” said Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall. “These Cool Globes will spend the winter in Lake Placid, and we hope they will expose the winter traveling public to the fact that climate change is real, it’s having a significant effect on winter cities, and we all have to work as a team to make sure that we act in the best way to nullify and reverse the trend of climate change.”
The “Cool Globes” exhibit originally premiered in Chicago in 2007 in partnership with the Field Museum of Natural History and Mayor Daley’s Office of Environment. The exhibit saw more than three million viewers. Since then, “Cool Globes” has traveled the world, making stops in New York City, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, Vancouver, Sundance, Cleveland, Boston, Copenhagen, Geneva, Marseilles, Amsterdam and Jerusalem. In New York State, the “Cool Globes” exhibit has been on display in Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan and at Canalside in Buffalo.
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