“Humanity faces the combined catastrophes of climate change, a mass extinction of vital biodiversity and a degradation of ecosystems health everywhere,” said Lucy Neal, spokesperson for Culture Declares Emergency. “This has now become an emergency situation because governments and industry have not shown the necessary leadership, and, so far, have not acted fast enough. Fortunately,…Read more Culture Declares Emergency: signing up from Ireland
"Deireadh Fomhair" is the title for this body of work, the Irish name for the month of October but literally translating as 'the end of Autumn'. We have always taken the cycle of the seasons for granted in Ireland but with climate change, things have become more uncertain. When this Autumn ends, can we…Read more Deireadh Fomhair – The End of Autumn exhibition by Eoin Mac Lochlainn
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’
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 Vigil for Climate Justice on Mt Leinster joins others across the world
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 our Cultures-Futures today
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
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?