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Climate change meets art at COP21 cultural festival

climate change meets art

Creative Commons: Joe deSousa, 2015

Climate change is often seen through a policy or scientific lens, and solutions discussed only in political offices, boardrooms and negotiating halls.

A worldwide cultural festival, launched today ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris, aims to challenge those tropes.

At ArtCOP21, climate change will be intertwined with the arts.

Through over 150 events, including art exhibitions, concerts, films screenings and public workshops, the ArtCOP21 festival aims to connect citizens to the climate challenge.

Meanwhile in the US, musicians, actors and activists are shining the spotlight on climate justice, touring the country by bus to highlight how people of colour are disproportionately affected by climate change.

In doing so these artists and performers are joining a growing drumbeat of voices calling for strong climate action.

From faith leaders to scientistsbusiness leaders to investors and doctors to trade unions, people from all walks of life are leading the way for a transition away from dirty fossil fuels and to a future powered by clean renewables.

Artists are now further helping to push the climate issue out of offices, boardrooms and negotiating halls and into the minds of every citizen across the world.

And climate change has now entered the mainstream.

In 2014, the star-studded TV show Years of Living Dangerously examined the impacts of climate change, London-based play 2071 addressed the science, and comedians used stand-up performances to activate new audiences.

With climate change creeping onto screens, stages and bookshelves worldwide, more people are waking up to and engaging in the issue and the call for strong and ambitious climate action is growing.

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