In 2009, McKibben wrote, "Artists, in a sense, are the antibodies of the cultural bloodstream. They sense trouble early, and rally to isolate and expose and defeat it, to bring to bear the human power for love and beauty and meaning against the worst results of carelessness and greed and stupidity. So when art both of great worth, and in great quantities, begins to cluster around an issue, it means that civilization has identified it finally as a threat."

Grand Isle sculptor Riki Moss, who created amorphic creatures with handmade ecopaper in response to this quote from McKibben, said of her work, "My creatures sense trouble, they're out on parade, exposing themselves as they drift in and out of existence. Look at me, take heed, goodbye."

She stated, "We humans are part of everything, morphing, dissolving, evolving, as our planet spins out its unfathomable destiny. The universe is always in flux, climate is always changing and at this moment, [we] conscious[ly] understand that our careless plundering of planetary resources endangers our very existence. If we leave it to officials to map out solutions, we can expect a future as gridlocked as we are now....

"What we need is a deepening conversation, to envision a creative line of questioning to lead us to a creative future. The artists are the envisioners, provoking a new narrative of our life on earth. I'm eager to join in."