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UN Climate Champions launch digital art exhibitionReGenesis, a nonprofit art hub for sustainability, and the UN-backed Race to Zero and Race to Resilience campaigns, are pleased to present Echoes of the Future, an art exhibition to raise awareness, inspire conversations and activate climate action.
The science of climate change is complex and often confusing. It can feel overwhelming – leading to anxiety, distrust or even a state of paralysis. Sometimes, understandably, it is easier to ignore the truth.
But in order for us to secure our futures on a liveable planet – and experience the decarbonized, resilient, fairer and safer world that’s still within reach – we all must confront reality.
This is where art can step in. The language of art creates new, expanded experiences and possibilities that can transcend norms and constructs traditionally formed by words. It can offer a new way of observing that can touch the heart and make a lasting impact.
This is why art has a critical role to play in helping to communicate the stories of climate change – and in so doing, accelerate the race to a net zero, nature positive and resilient world.
With this in mind, ReGenesis and the UN Climate Champions convened a group of artists, representing a range of disciplines, to open up the conversation on climate and help make it accessible to everyone.
Echoes of the Future, consists of eight works and projects that, in unique ways, portray the necessity and hope that drives the Climate Champions’ Race to Zero and Race to Resilience campaigns.
While none attempts to cloud the horrors of climate change, each submission explores the exciting possibilities that come with new ways of thinking and innovating – from regenerative agriculture and solar power, to education and community engagement.
Selected artists and institutions include:
- Doron Gazit
- Little Sun, founded by Olafur Eliasson
- Evelyn Anca
- Runa Ray
- Faraj Srour & Neomi Maggeni
- Øyvind Engevik (Engwind)
- Matteo Zamagni
- Jon Wreal
‘The Red Line’, Doron Gazit
‘The Last Tree’ from ‘The Conservation’ series, Engwind
‘Gondwana Digitata’, Jon Wreal
ReGenesis, founded by artist Michel Platnic, is a nonprofit art hub for sustainability to create and aggregate worldwide action and synergies for environmental justice and sustainability.
Race to Zero is a United Nations 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.
Race to Resilience is 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. The campaign has a clear goal: to make 4 billion people from vulnerable groups and communities resilient to climate shocks by 2030.
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