ArtCOP21 Climate Festival

An exceptional global festival of cultural activity on climate change. Connecting hundreds of thousands of people to the climate challenge during COP21, in over 550 events worldwide.

A global festival of cultural activity on climate change
September–December 2015

Climate is everyone’s business. Join the cultural movement towards a carbon neutral, clean future. We need the negotiations taking place during the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) to succeed and build a sustainable global culture. Climate change is often seen through a policy or scientific lens, and solutions are discussed only in political offices, boardrooms and negotiating halls.

ArtCop21 launched ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris, aims to challenge those tropes. Climate is culture. What is required is the active engagement of citizens worldwide in the urgency, value and opportunities of a transition away from fossil fuels and the embracing of a greener, sustainable future economy.

So – we did it! ArtCOP21 connected hundreds of thousands of people to the climate challenge through an extensive global programme of over 550 major events;  installations, plays, exhibitions, concerts, performances, talks, conferences, workshops, family events and screenings – plus a whole range of people power gatherings and demonstrations – taking place right across Paris and in 54 countries worldwide. All these events highlighted the need for governments meeting in Paris to support strong climate action and signal the end of the fossil fuel era – making climate change a people issue, not one to be left solely to the politicians.

ArtCOP21 was presented by creative partners COAL and Cape Farewell.

Only through shared activity and excitement can we make a creative, clean and sustainable future society a reality.

“Earth Can You Hear Us?” a flash mob by choirs from all around London, at St Pancras Station on the first day of COP21.

On the first day of COP21, ArtCOP21 partnered with Good Energy to bring a host of performances calling for major climate action to St Pancras Station, London. Including Earth Can You Hear Us? a flash mob by choirs from all around London. Watch the video.

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