week 45 of 2017


week45Artwork  by Joan Evans: Demolition 1963: Dimensions 65x50cm, a part of the NGZ permanent collection
This week the NGZ celebrates The International Day for Preventing the Exploitation  of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

Joan Evans presents an abstract painting which shows once a flourishing place that has been destroyed by structures and has torn down buildings. The scenario has been sadly happening more often around the world. For example in central Italy earthquakes are being experienced and people are dying by thousands. Mankind has always counted its war casualties in terms of dead and wounded soldiers and civilians, destroyed cities and livelihoods. The environment has often remained the unpublicized victim of war. Water wells have been polluted, crops torched, forests cut down, soils poisoned, and animals killed to gain military advantage. Landmines are one of the most environmentally destructive aftermaths of war facing the world today. The barely chronicled global landmine problem has transcended both humanitarian and sociological concerns to bring about environmental damage.  The United Nations attaches great importance to ensuring that action on the environment is part of conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuilding strategies because there can be no durable peace if the natural resources that sustain livelihoods and ecosystems are destroyed. The onus is upon everyone to try to maintain peace at the same time creating a clean environment. Most of these demolitions due to war have affected tourist attraction areas for example Umayyad mosque in Syria which is now barely recognisable as it is in ruins.