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A haunting art installation shows what Amsterdam looks like under water

When the May flowers bloomed two weeks ago, we ended the hottest 12-month stretch in history.

If we're ever going to stop the conflicts it creates, or the extinctions it accelerates, we need nothing short of a concerted global effort when it comes to climate change. That includes everything from exposing vocal deniers who are in the pockets of big oil companies, calling out the elected officials who are standing in the way, and affecting public opinion in relatable and moving ways.

A perfect example of that last one is Waterlicht, a three-day exhibit that just ended in Amsterdam. Using nothing more than LEDs and some clever software, artist Daan Roosegaarde filled an eight acre square with eerie blue waves of light to remind citizens of the waterworks that keep the city — which sits below sea level — dry.

The numbers still aren't great, but public opinion (in the United States, at least) is slowly shifting. But it might not be shifting quickly enough. More smart ideas like Waterlicht can only help move that needle faster.
Photos and videos courtesy of Stuido Roosegaarde