It is time to change the way we talk about climate and sky so we partner with artists, scientists and educators to create a much more personal and inspiring connection to the extraordinary shared resource above and all around us all. From the surface of the earth to the edge of space we ask: How does our sky function? What are its vulnerabilities? And why should you care?
We integrate art and science
As artists the sky moves us to observe it, paint it, photograph it, write and sing about it. As scientists it stokes our curiosities and pushes us to understand how it functions. SkyDay initiatives combine art and science to challenge us to think in new ways about our relationship to the sky.
We seek to build a global community
We want to encourage people to view themselves as members of a larger global community that must unite with a common will to protect our sky for the benefit of all.
What we mean by the term ‘sky’
At SkyDay the ‘sky’ is the thin envelope of gas that extends from Earth’s solid surface to the edge of outer space. If you can see it when you look up, that's what we are interested in. Our sky is is over, around and within us. We fly through it, breathe it, and drink it. It is the place where clouds hang out, lightning strikes and eclipses amaze us. It is the medium by which hot and cold air warm and cool us. We can see it, hear it, taste it, smell it and touch it.
Our sky is the ultimate shared resource.
The shared nature of our sky presents great challenges since what we do to the sky in London or Beijing directly impacts the sky across the globe.
We are a nonpartisan educational platform
We work on behalf of everyone. We don’t endorse political parties and are not affiliated with any political group, organization, or lobbyist. We will decline funding from any individual or group interested in exerting political influence over our programs or content.
Ideas central to the design of our engagements:
We want to inspire originality of thought and individuality of reflection so projects should encourage participants to be creative, to challenge ideas and to think for themselves.
Initiatives should promote an understanding of how the sky functions and what its vulnerabilities are. All factual information offered by our projects must be guided by credible science and as that science evolves so will our projects.
We seek opportunities for participants to engage with their global peers. This can be done in a number of ways, for example via web-based art projects, science projects, social media, letter writing and so on.
Carpe diem! We want to encourage the next generation to see the challenges of forging a healthier relationship to the sky as opportunities for new leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation, and we want them to seize those opportunities.