To My Future Grandkids in 2020

    TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ - "To My Future Grandkids in 2020" is the 3rd
environmental, visual essay created by Canadian artist Franke James.

    View visual essay online:

    Written as a letter to her future grandchildren in 2020, it opens with
James confiding, "I have this crazy image in my head of you cursing us -
yelling and stamping your feet that we were stupid, and selfish and mean. I
hope that is not true..."
    James envisions a future with higher temperatures and water rationing,
and asks, "Will cactus replace evergreens in your garden? Will you call us
crazy for filling up swimming pools with drinking water? Will Canada become
Florida North?"
    "My Future Grandkids in 2020" examines the climate crisis through a
series of 25 original drawings which include interviews with three generations
of the artist's family. Her 80-yr old father offers this opinion, "Global
warming is certainly the challenge for your generation. Just like World War II
was for ours..."

    Blog Reviews:

    "Good art generates passion... Toronto artist Franke James exemplifies
this in a series of beautiful and powerful visual essays on environmental
topics...Highly recommended." Stephen Leahy, Author, 'Oil Stains in the Boreal

    "James made it for her unborn grandchildren but I think it is for all of
us..." Martin Edic,

    "EVERYONE should read this!" Bentley Christie, EcoSherpa

    "Another great visual piece by artist Franke James...this one in
particular impacted me...our human legacy to our children and grandchildren...
and what I am doing day to day towards that." Mom in Madison Blog

    About the Artist:

    Franke James is a Canadian environmental artist and writer. She has a
Masters Degree in Fine Arts from University of Victoria, and a Bachelor of
Fine Arts from Mount Allison. James environmental essays have been featured in
newspapers, and many online blogs including Treehugger, Worldchanging and
Lifehacker. For the recent Green Living Show, Franke adapted her Green Winter
visual essay into a narrated animation, with music composed by David Gray, Big
World Songs. A Green Winter will be published in a university textbook
entitled "Perspectives on Contemporary Issues", including authors Stephen
Lewis, David Suzuki, Margaret Atwood and others. Co-edited by Kim Blank and
Stephen Eaton Hume, University of Victoria. To be published by Thomson, Autumn

For further information:

For further information: Franke James, MFA, Email:, Website:, Tel: (416) 256-9166

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