Surrealism originated in the late 1910s as an artistic movement that sought to unleash the expression of the subconscious and irrational mind. Artists of this movement painted illogical compositions, sometimes depicting creatures out of everyday objects or unexpectedly breaking natural laws — scenes that can only be found in a dream. Salvador Dalí was one of the most renowned artists of Surrealism and is the author of the iconic artwork named The Persistence of Memory. In this painting, Dalí created a bleak dreamscape with watches melting like cheese, a lifeless tree on top of a desk-like object, and an undefined creature placed in the middle.
A world with massive wildfires, water shortages, melting glaciers, and destroyed ecosystems seems to be also a surrealistic idea from a bad dream. However, climate change and its consequences are happening now in real life. Uncontrollable fires that devastated great areas of the Amazon and Australian forests and intensified floods are only a few examples of the current consequences of climate change and environmental pollution. Time is “melting” in front of us. If we do not take the right measures now, the frequency and severity of these events will only increase. Scientists play important roles in evaluating, predicting, and looking for strategies to prevent and reduce the impact of climate change. Although the investment on green policies may seem economically disadvantageous for governments and companies, the consequences of ignoring them would result in higher damages to the economy and public health. All these ideas were depicted in a colour pencil illustration adapted from Dalí’s The Persistence of the Memory, and it is presented here as the cover of the current issue of IMMpress Magazine, Climate Change and the Environment.