A race against time and against ourselves. Against the dangerous idea that we can’t do this, that there is no way.
Unlike most races, it won’t have one winner. In this race we all win, or we all lose. Winning it requires a radical, unprecedented level of collaboration, from all corners of our world. From our cities, businesses, regions and investors. From people everywhere.
Together we’re racing for a better world. A zero carbon and resilient world. A healthier, safer, fairer world. A world of wellbeing, abundance and joy, where the air is fresher, our jobs are well-paid and dignified, and our future is clear.
To get there we need to run fast, and get faster. We need more and more people to join the race, and right now. This is not about 2050, it’s about today.
Together, we can do this. And we’re already on our way.
UN Climate Champions’ website Race to Zero and art activism platform ReGenesis are inviting artists to submit works which inspire and reflect global action towards a decarbonized and resilient world.
Selected works will be shortlisted for a digital exhibition to be hosted on Race to Zero to help raise awareness and inspire action and debate in the run up to the major UN climate summit, COP26.
Submissions do not need to be original and can take any media, so long as they can be presented digitally. They must also encompass the messages and objectives of both Race to Zero and Race to Resilience campaigns.
The deadline is June 30 2021.
About the campaigns
Race to Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions and investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.
It mobilizes a coalition of leading net zero initiatives, currently representing 708 cities, 23 regions, 2,162 businesses, 127 of the biggest investors, and 571 Higher Education Institutions.
These ‘real economy’ actors join 120 countries in the largest ever alliance committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest. Collectively these actors now cover nearly 25% global CO2 emissions and over 50% GDP.
Beyond the finish lines a safer, healthier, cleaner world awaits
The objective is to build momentum around the shift to a decarbonized economy ahead of COP26, where governments must strengthen their contributions to the Paris Agreement. This will send governments a resounding signal that business, cities, regions and investors are united in meeting the Paris goals and creating a more inclusive and resilient economy.
Race to Resilience is a global campaign – a sibling to Race to Zero – that’s catalysing a step-change in global ambition for climate resilience, putting people and nature first in pursuit of a resilient world where we don’t just survive climate shocks and stresses but thrive in spite of them.
In both campaigns, businesses, cities, regions, investors and civil society are acting fast to transform the prospects of billions of people. Beyond the finish lines a safer, healthier, cleaner world awaits.
A world where we have worked together to both mitigate and adapt to the threats posed by climate change. A resilient world, with zero carbon and zero vulnerability, where nature – and therefore every one of us – thrives.
We need to run these races together, at the same time – and win them both.
The civil rights activist James Baldwin once said: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced”.
Many lives are already being ruined by climate change. If we don’t act now, billions more lives will also be ruined, including our own.
Together, we can do this.
Together, we will thrive.
If you would like to take part, please submit entries via this form. For any queries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Works best representing the values and objectives of the Race to Zero and Race to Resilience campaigns will be selected for the exhibition.
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