In several ways, music dominated discussions at ‘Development and Climate Days’ in Warsaw, Poland, reported Climate & Development Knowledge Network.
The ‘Development and Climate Days’, held on 16–17 November 2013 at Polonia Palace Hotel during the UNFCCC climate talks, COP 19, saw participants singing songs, improvising collective rhythms, and playing games with dice and cards. These unconventional activities were conceived as a way jump-start creative thinking on climate communications.
The participants shared experience on grassroots communications strategies that have changed communities’ behaviours and have led to new decisions on climate compatible development and disaster risk reduction, and it turned out that many of these positive experiences involved music and performance arts.
Another role for music which was discussed at the Climate Days was the possibility of musical improvisation to stimulate creative thinking in disaster situations.
The ‘Development and Climate Days’ drew more than 60 participants from relief and disaster risk reduction agencies, and climate and development organisations, working from the global to the community level, from countries as diverse as Uganda, Kenya, Nepal the Philippines, Germany and Poland.
In Belgium, the campaign ‘Sing for the Climate’ proved, according to the organisers, “that a mass mobilisation around climate change is still possible even after the COP15 in Copenhagen.”
Belgium now appeals to local groups and organisations worldwide to organise their own version of ‘Sing for the Climate’. More information, tools and support for local action can be found on singfortheclimate.com
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The world famous fossil of the day returns for the UNFCCC COP16 Climate Talks taking place in Cancun, Mexico.OneClimate will be broadcasting live from the talks – you can take part here – http://www.oneclimate.net/cancun
The world famous fossil of the day returns for the UNFCCC COP16 Climate Talks taking place in Cancun, Mexico.
Japan wins the 1st place Fossil of the Day for reasons outlined below:
“When leadership is needed most, the home country of the Kyoto Protocol made a destructive statement in the AWGK plenary yesterday. It factually rejected the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol by saying Japan will not inscribe its targets under the Kyoto Protocol under any conditions or under any circumstances. Preferring a single treaty approach is one thing, but aggressively denying the future of Kyoto in open plenary is another.”
“Calling artists to sketch a climate change design that will be created
using thousands of people in an iconic place threatened by climate change.”
***Deadline: September 6 2010 (midnight PST)***
In November 2010, 350.org will organize 20 simultaneous public art pieces that are massive enough to be seen from space and located on the front-lines of the climate crisis – our sinking coastlines, endangered forests, melting glaciers, and polluted cities. We’re looking to recruit top and up-and-coming artists to design these images. Each public art piece will be photographed by satellite and on site. The images will be widely distributed to mainstream media outlets around the world. 350.org is one of the few organizations in the world with the grassroots network to pull off such an ambitious project. In 2009, we organized over 5,200 events in more than 180 countries, what CNN dubbed “the most widespread day of political action in the planet’s history.”
To pierce the consciousness of the world on the eve of the next round of the United Nation Climate Talks, that we need action from our world’s leaders to get us to 350.
What the *%#? is 350?
350 is the parts per million of carbon in the atmosphere that we need to ensure that life as we currently know it continues. Some say it’s the most important number in the world. In 2008 NASA’s James Hansen reported that we need to keep the CO2 level in the atmosphere below 350 parts per million if we want a planet “similar to the one on which civilization developed, and to which life is adapted.” We’re at 390 now. Yikes.
To learn more about 350 please see below or visit: www.350.org
We invite you to sketch a climate change inspired design that we will create using thousands of people in an iconic place threatened by climate change. Your design will be captured via satellite and shared with the world.
Below are some basic parameters to consider for creating the design.
MATERIALS – We respect that each artist works within their own medium, but for this particular project, we would like to incorporate the people in 350’s amazing international grassroots network to realize your design, in essence have people physically make up some or all of your design with their bodies. 350.org can organize several thousand people to participate. Because the designs will be captured from the sky, designs that have sharp contrast and bright colors are more likely to pop and be picked up by satellite. Designs can also be a combination of humans + materials.
SIZE – The ideal minimum size for capturing the art via satellite is roughly equivalent to a soccer field,
e.g. 110 meters x 70 meters (120 yards x 75 yards).
The Nitty Gritty of “Sculpting with People”: Each pixel in the satellite photo is 60cm x 60cm which translates into all “lines” for forming the designs ideally being at least 2 meters x 2 meters. If you are using humans, this means each “line” should be at least 5-10 people wide, (note this assumes the people are standing). If your design involves people lying down or incorporating materials into the design, these numbers might shift.
TIME OF DAY – The satellite images can be taken during the day or at night. (If you’re considering a nighttime installation involving illumination, we encourage artists to consider light sources that are not energy intensive.)
“350” We encourage (but do not require), artists to find a way to incorporate this critical number into their piece. If artists opt not to incorporate 350 into the design, we ask that the number be placed on the side as a signature. Artists can also engage traditional number systems to display the image, or investigate the concept of ¨parts per million¨.
Note: In order for 350 to be captured by satellite, the number needs to be at least 50ft x 30ft or 15m x 40m
Below is a list of the current locations where we will be creating the designs as well as climate change issues important to these regions:
Los Angeles, California
Desert, New Mexico
Gulf of Mexico (most likely on the water collaborating with fisherman and fishing boats)
Midwest – location tbd
Cancun (issue – sea level rise)
Altiplano near La Paz
Clearcut in Jungle (issue – deforestation) or City – Sao Paulo
Note because of limited daylight in November this will most likely be a light installation
Desert outside of Cairo
Mumbai (issue water and sea level rise)
Maldives (issue sea level rise)
Shanghai or Beijing
Antarctica (issue massive ice melt)
Although 350.org cannot monetarily compensate artists, we will give artists full recognition for their designs as well as support and augment artists’ work in a multitude of ways:
REALIZE YOUR CONCEPT
350.org has an international grassroots network of people who can realize your concept.
350.org has a stellar communications team with a successful track record of garnering press for their international actions. For example, last October, 350.org coordinated 5200 simultaneous demonstrations around the world, what CNN called ‘the most widespread day of political action in the planet’s history’ on any issue. Due to 350.org communications team, these actions were also widely covered by a wealth of media outlets from local to global media giants like CNN.
350.org is an international campaign that’s building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis–the solutions that science and justice demand.
Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.
Our focus is on the number 350–as in parts per million CO2. If we can’t get below that, scientists say, the damage we’re already seeing from global warming will continue and accelerate. But 350 is more than a number–it’s a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.
Entries will be judged using the following criteria:
a. Effectiveness in communicating a climate change message with a creative image.
b. Likelihood the design can be created in the specific sites 350.org has identified.
c. Likelihood the image will easily be captured by satellite according to the aforementioned guidelines.
Designs must be original work created by the artists. By submitting a design to 350.org’s EARTH, artists are granting 350.org permission to use this design for the 350.org EARTH project. 350.org will give full credit to the artists whose designs we use.
METHOD for SUBMITTING ART
Please note that we will only be able to accept online submissions: www.350.org/earth
We will be contacting artists whose designs we will be creating, Monday, September 13, 2010. Please note that due to our limited capacity, we will be unable to respond to non-finalists.
For questions please e-mail EARTH@350.org. Please note it may take us several days to respond to your questions.
350.org would like to thank the Artist Philip Krohn who conceptualized the EARTH logo, for granting 350.org permission to use this image for 350.org’s EARTH.
UN conference gearing up for make-or-break finale: World leaders “face a defining moment in history”, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as the Copenhagen conference formally entered its high-level stage Tuesday.
Climate Agreement Urgent, Corporations Tell Obama: Microsoft, Nike and Dow Chemical join the call for ‘significant near- and long-term emissions reductions targets.’
Sierra Club’s Carl Pope in Copenhagen on the need for a global deal: “The fact is the real energy innovation in the world is not happening in the United States although that’s where much of the technology came from.” Markey calls for a hearing on the deal
India and the Global Energy Assessment: A view on climate and clean energy from the world’s largest democracy
Coming to Copenhagen commits Obama to getting the bipartisan climate and clean energy bill passed
Gore Derangement Syndrome: Yes, Maslowski predicted just two years ago that the Arctic could be ice-free by 2013 — see graph of projected ice volume
Must-See Video of Youth in Copenhagen: Blame Canada!
Crackdown in Copenhagen:You can help by signing this petition protesting Danish police violence against climate protestors.
This is especially timely given the first-day fracas of the climate talks thus far, including a series of emails “covering up” information refuting climate change– now termed ClimateGate– and a leaked “Danish text” which positions solutions in drastic favor of first-world, industrial, polluting countries.With this new video, Annie Leonard again tackles an emotional, important and complicated subject with straight talk and humor.