Art Installation Lights Up Eiffel Tower on Eve of Paris Climate Talks
The night before the long-awaited COP21 negotiations in Paris, and the day more than 2,300 climate marches took place around the world, artistic messages advocating climate change solutions lit up the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Created by artist Naziha Mestaoui, the series of inspiring images called for a shift to 100 percent renewable energy and the protection of the world’s forests, and were projected onto the full façade of Paris’s most iconic landmark. The installation, 1 Heart 1 Tree, aims to engage citizens and help drive an ambitious global deal at COP21. Following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, the artist also incorporated messages of unity and hope, and the hashtag #NousSommesUnis.
The projection was launched at an event next to the Eiffel Tower on Sunday night, featuring speeches from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, celebrity ambassador Marion Cotillard, and the artist Naziha Mestaoui.
“I created this installation so that people everywhere can realise what is possible if we come together,” said Mestaoui. “We can protect and regrow our forests, we can tap the natural powers of the sun, the wind, the earth and the sea, and we can build a safer future if we go 100% clean energy for everyone.”
United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, commented, “as Secretary General of the United Nations, I am telling you that you should raise your voices and make your leaders accountable to their promises. We have to make the world better for all.”
Nicolas Hulot, special envoy for the French President for the Environment, touched on the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, saying, “This work reminds us that in a forest we hear the trees that fall, but we don’t hear the 1,000 saplings grow. In cities, we hear the ten idiots who kill, but we don’t hear the millions that love.”
Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard, ambassador for and long-standing supporter of 1 Heart 1 Tree, acted as MC for the evening. “I found this artistic, citizen project very inspiring because our climate is in a state of emergency, and this is why we’re all here tonight,” she said.
Global campaigning organization Avaaz joined the event to represent more than 3.6 million people who have signed a petition calling for a 100 percent clean energy world.
"From millions of people in the streets, to leaders in summit rooms, to experts from all disciplines, everyone is calling for one clear answer, the only answer, to climate change: a transition to 100 percent clean energy," Avaaz Executive Director Ricken Patel said. "Paris must commit to it."
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
Disturbing footage of a snake in Goa, India vomiting an empty soft drink bottle highlights the world's mounting plastic pollution crisis.
By Melissa Hellmann
When her eldest son was in elementary school in the Oakland Unified School District, Ruth Woodruff became alarmed by the meals he was being served at school. A lot of it was frozen, processed foods, packed with preservatives. At home, she was feeding her children locally sourced, organic foods.
By James O'Hare
There are 20 million people in the world facing famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen. In developed nations, too, people go hungry. Venezuela, for instance, is enduring food insecurity on a national level as a result of economic crisis and political corruption. In the U.S., the land of supposed excess, 12.7 percent of households were food insecure in 2015, meaning they didn't know where their next meal would come from.
Artists are taking the climate crisis into frame and the results are emotional, beautiful and stirring.
So you've seen the best climate change cartoons and shared them with your friends. You've showed your family the infographics on climate change and health, infographics on how the grid works and infographics about clean, renewable energy. You've even forwarded these official National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration graphs that explain the 10 clear indicators of climate change to your colleagues at the office.
As the Trump administration moves full speed ahead on boosting the oil and fossil fuel industry, opposition to increased pipeline construction is cropping up in different communities around the country.
By Simon Evans
Last Saturday, two dead whales washed up on the coast of Suffolk, in eastern England, and a third was spotted floating at sea.
What happened next illustrates how news can spread and evolve into misinformation, when reported by journalists rushing to publish before confirming basic facts or sourcing their own quotes.
By Monica Amarelo and Paul Pestano
Sun safety is a crucial part of any outdoor activity for kids, and sunscreen can help protect children's skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Kids often get sunburned when they're outside unprotected for longer than expected. Parents need to plan ahead and keep sun protection handy in their cars or bags.
By Joe McCarthy
A lot of people take part in community clean-up efforts—spending a Saturday morning picking up litter in a park, mowing an overgrown field or painting a fence.