National Parks: WPA to 2050.

What America’s National Parks will look like by 2050 if we fail to act against climate change.

Hannah Rothstein has taken some of the iconic WPA (Works Progress Administration) National Parks Posters, from 1938 to 1941, and updated them to 2050 and a catastrophic future if we do not act on climate change. It’s a striking and effective way to get the message across, because the art and legacy of these posters is so well known, and they are beloved by many people. The WPA posters were a message and invitation to weary, beaten down people dealing with the Depression, that there were wonders, come and see! They were a promise of hope, of a better future. Now we have too many people who are actively denying climate change, or apathetic about it, little realizing that yes, it will most certainly impact them, and not in a good way. These re-worked posters are as brilliant as the originals, reminding people that if we choose to not act, we are inviting the harbingers of doom. These are a call to action, and I hope they start popping up all over the place.

You can see all of the posters, and purchase an original or fine art print here.

Via Raw Story.


  1. rq says

    The art is wonderful, the contrasts -- heartbreaking. And then I read the fine print…

    I love that stylistic poster art, esp how it uses colour and shapes.

  2. chigau (違う) says

    I have worked in the forestry industry and I am quite confident that the trees will all be cut down long before they burn.
    Gotta keep the fibre flowing…

  3. says

    I am one of those who is apathetic. Not because I think I will be unaffected, or that it does not matter, but because I have no strength left. I have lost all my faith in humanity these last few months.

    Stupidity won. All around the world people gather around hatefull ideas like flies around cesspit. It seems to be the only thing that can unite enough people to facilitate a change now, and they are undoing in weeks to months advancements that were attained over years, sometimes even centuries of slow progress..

    Bigots, fascists, racists and haters all around the are winning and will be winning, because they are united in their hatred. The world will burn in my lifetime.

    All I can do is watch it in despair.

  4. says


    The world will burn in my lifetime.

    Mine too, and I don’t know what to do. I’m not apathetic, but I sure as hell fight hopelessness every day.

  5. Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    Thanks, Caine. These are amazing -- and amazingly effective.

  6. says

    Welcome, CD. I hope they end up spread far and wide, because I think these would get through to a lot of people. I wish the artist would do a run a cheap prints, so they were more affordable. Maybe that will happen.

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