350 EARTH event appeals for art project participants

23 11 2010

Starting next Monday world leaders will come together in Cancun Mexico for the UN Climate Negotiations to discuss the future of an international climate treaty and how it will address the growing problems associated with climate change.

To highlight the climate change issues, an environmental group, 350.org has been mounting the world’s largest art exhibition that can be seen from space.

So far they have created amazing images from Santa Fe, Los Angeles, and Manhattan in the U.S.A, from Spain, from the Dominican Republic, from Mexico, and Canada.
Last Sunday thousands were gathering at a state park near Los Angeles to form a giant image of an eagle taking flight over a field of solar panels. Yesterday, in Mexico City, thousands of children created a huge hurricane, with the number 350 depicted in the eye of the storm.

Schoolchildren from Mumbai, India have grouped together in the shape of an elephant to represent the “elephant in the room” that is climate change.

“Down under” in Australia, a torch display formed the number “350,” to highlight their own warning about global warming agitated by wildfires/forest fires.

Giant polar bears formed by arranging red rescue tens at the foot of a receding glacier can be observed in Iceland.

With much more to come including UK, New Delhi, Egypt, Cancun and so on. If your country is missing why not considering working with friends, artists to stage your own aerial art show?

These large scale aerial pictures demonstrate the risks of global warming, and the range of possible solutions. They remind us that we live on a planet–a delicate planet with a fragile and vital atmosphere. After all, these images are coming from 430 miles above the atmosphere, thanks to the satellites provided by DigitalGlobe. And they’re coming from the incredible hard work of volunteers all over the world.

Next art project is set to be created on 27 November 2010, in Brighton UK.

This is being led by Radiohead’s lead singer, Thom Yorke’s Art Project. Why not play your part and help fight climate change while you’re at it. You are all encouraged to register to be a part of Yorke’s large scale 350 EARTH art piece that will be built in Brighton England next Saturday. The first 2,000 RSVP’s will be guaranteed a spot. So if you live or will be near the south coast, Brighton, UK sign up today.

Yorke explained his project on the Radiohead website, “The plan is to make images visible from the skies to remind those in Cancun that we’re running out of time. We can’t keep putting this off.”

Yorke’s image will be of King Canute who was the Norse king who haplessly tried to control the waves and is pictured on the cover of Yorke’s solo album, The Eraser.

In an interview, Yorke explained the symbolism of the story:

“In the paper one day, [Friends of the Earth activist] Jonathan Porrit was basically dismissing any commitment that the working government has toward addressing global warming, saying that their gestures were like King Canute trying to stop the tide. And that just went “kaching” in my head. It’s not political, but that’s what I feel is happening. We’re all King Canutes, holding our hands out, saying, “It’ll go away. I can make it stop.” No, you can’t.”

Bill McKibben for the 350.org group stated “We’re not going to solve the climate crisis with art. We know that-we’re deeply based in science and politics. But we’re not going to solve the climate crisis without a movement. And art is one of the ways that movements express themselves, one of the things that reach human beings in powerful and deep ways. So by next week, when the UN climate conference in Cancun opens, we’ll be focused on a new set of ideas and tactics, asking your help for all sorts of practical and political things”.

WANTED : 27 November,2010, Brighton, UK: 2000 people who want to be part of human King Cnut type image facing the sea that is visible from space as part of the Earth350

People who want to be part of it need to register here: http://earth.350.org/locations/england/

To see the images created so far:

http://earth.350.org/big-pictures/ or

"Gal·la" by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada -- Delta del Ebro, Spain

or link here or here for Flickr.


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350.org is an international grassroots campaign that aims to mobilize a global climate movement united by a common call to action. By spreading an understanding of the science and a shared vision for a fair policy, we will ensure that the world creates bold and equitable solutions to the climate crisis. 350.org is an independent and not-for-profit project.

What is 350? 350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Scientists measure carbon dioxide in “parts per million” (ppm), so 350ppm is the number humanity needs to get below as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change. To get there, we need a different kind of PPM-a “people powered movement” that is made of people like you in every corner of the planet.

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