TckTckTck partners, Greenpeace and 350.org, have staged a haunting underwater tableau to highlight the need for urgent action as the UN Cancun climate talks go into their second week. Young people dressed in everyday wear, dived amongst the statues at the underwater art installation, Silent Evolution in Cancun.
“These statues were designed and created to live beneath the sea and to form part of the ocean environment. Real people, however, cannot live underwater. Yet, without action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, 100 million people or more could be in danger of losing their homes, their lives, or both to rising seas. Ministers need to make the right choices this week, and set us on a path that will save the climate, and ourselves,” said Brady Bradshaw, from Greenpeace US student network. .
The installation, nine metres below the sea off Isla Mujeres in Mexico, consists of 400 life-sized human statues. Activists from Mexico, China, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, the US, Vietnam and the Philippines were dressed in everyday wear, including suits, jeans, dresses and surf gear. The divers were showing that if urgent action is not taken, this is the future that many face.
“Art can convey the urgency of our situation in a different way than the science,” said Vanessa Dalmau of 350.org, a global campaign that organized over a dozen climate-themed public art events, each visible from space, in the lead up to the Cancun meetings. “I dived underwater to try and help stop the rising seas that threaten my home in the Dominican Republic.”
Ministers have one week to make a key set of decisions that will build momentum towards an agreement to prevent dangerous climate change. This agreement must be built on the Kyoto Protocol and will have to tackle the gap between current emission reductions and what the planet needs to survive.
Photo by Jason Taylor for Greenpeace
see BBC News footage of the underwater protest at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11933545