Cecil Rajendra

‘I hear of press conferences of petitions, of signatures of campaigns & lobbying but no words will come…’

The lines in the heading are a quote from an amazingly heartfelt poem Requiem for a Rainforest by celebrated Malaysian poet/lawyer, Cecil Rajendra. Cecil read it during the keynote presentations at the first Culture |Futures Symposium at the UN Climate summit, Cop15. I went up to him later to thank him for this poem and…Read more ‘I hear of press conferences of petitions, of signatures of campaigns & lobbying but no words will come…’

Organising a Night Vigil for Climate Justice on Mt Leinster joins others across the world

I've been back a few days from Copenhagen and the Cultures | Futures symposium. It was a great experience to be in one place with so many different perspectives on how the cultural communities / practitioners / arts councils and international arts bodies from around the world are joining together to discuss cultural responses to…Read more Organising a Night Vigil for Climate Justice on Mt Leinster joins others across the world

Dancing to inaugural Cultures-Futures Summit at UN Climate Change conference, Copenhagen 2009

I'm heading off to Copenhagen today - I am excited but also have mixed feelings as I see Copenhagen as only a beginning of serious debate and awareness about Climate Change. I was reading the editorial in the Guardian this morning, who sums it up better than I and the disapointing distraction that has arisen…Read more Dancing to inaugural Cultures-Futures Summit at UN Climate Change conference, Copenhagen 2009

My Paper Boat, Polar Bear and Talking Cat films head to Copenhagen

I was really delighted to hear this week, the winners of the 1minutetosavetheworld Climate Change Film competition and congratulations to all the organisers behind the scenes - the works are now spreading across the internet. I had only entered in the last week so didn't expect to be placed but more importantly it gave me…Read more My Paper Boat, Polar Bear and Talking Cat films head to Copenhagen

Buy Nothing Day and the value of Art?

Several years ago, a comic artist/social activist, Ted Dave in Vancouver started the now global 'Buy Nothing Day*' which is today , November 27 in the US and November 28 Internationally. Often it is hard to gauge the effect that the creative area can bring to important issues and that charge is now being laid…Read more Buy Nothing Day and the value of Art?

Ghost Forest in London’s Trafalgar Sqaure?

There is a growing list of cultural activities planned for the Copenhagen Climate Change summit in December, not so much in Ireland but more in the UK and Europe. See the RSA Arts for COP15 site for more info - you can join this site if you are creating work/exhibitions or just interested. Probably the…Read more Ghost Forest in London’s Trafalgar Sqaure?

Suwarrow ‘atoll is a living island’- Behind the scenes of ‘once i counted birds’ film

'I have been aware of the sea as an enclosing presence, both sheltering and dangerous. But most important, I have noticed that the atoll (Suwarrow) belongs to the organic world; it is a living island' RD Frisbie, 'Island of Desire - the story of a South Seas Trader, 1944 Readers, I have been overwhlemed by…Read more Suwarrow ‘atoll is a living island’- Behind the scenes of ‘once i counted birds’ film